* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Given Sekhmet is Eliza's skeleton, is she still her own person with Sekhmet sparing her brain, or is she just a personality taken up by the Parasite to enjoy herself?
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: See BestKnownForTheFanservice.
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/{{Skullgirls}} Now has its own page.]]
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: 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 than 10 minutes, if at all, often [[AudienceAlienatingPremise get stuck on]] its rather blatant fanservice.
* BrokenBase:
** While the game touts an infinite prevention system (to, you know, prevent [[GameBreaker 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.
*** As of the later patches and Encore, this is no longer the case due to the addition of the Drama mechanic.
** 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 [[GameBreaker 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 ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'', 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 characters is immune. When Round 2's survivors were announced, many fans cried FanDumb due to hopefuls like Marie, Umbrella, and Scythana being 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.
*** This has faded with time as Elzia now has a few bodyguards and a skeleton stance to keep her character unique.
** Beowulf's story mode milks Annie for all she's worth, and consequently loses Beowulf screen time ''in his own story'', obviously upsetting many Beowulf fans who do not care about Annie.
* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: 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.
** Fukua has been the subject of this as well, due to her ability to easily confirm into combos, combos that, while simple, do alot of damage.
** Big Band is put on many, many teams simply due to Brass Knuckles and Beat Extend being fantastic assists. It doesn't hurt that he's a pretty good character as well, in spite of his massive size. And if it isn't him, it's Cerabella instead. Aside from solo characters, seeing a high-level team without one of the two online is very rare.
* CrazyAwesome: Peacock is a murderous cartoon character, what did you expect?
** [[DetachmentCombat Ms. Fortune]] and [[BoisterousBruiser Cerebella]] come close.
* CreepyAwesome: Many, many examples throughout the game, but Double is the most noticeable example.
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* DudeNotFunny: Averted in two instances.
** Peacock's bomb assists are now known as [[Literature/OfMiceAndMen Lenny and George]]; the dev team decided that it wasn't worth the risk of trying to sell the game in Japan with those characters' original names intact -- '''Fat Man and Little Boy''', the codenames for the nukes dropped on Japan in World War II.
** Filia's [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original]] time-out animation showed [[http://skullgirls.wikia.com/wiki/File:Filia_unusedtimeoutanim.gif Samson ripping her shirt open, exposing her breasts while Filia barely covers herself up]]. Like all the other time-out animations, [[BlackComedyRape this was]] PlayedForLaughs. It ended up unused due to objections from the dev team, this trope being the reason.
* EarWorm: The main menu theme, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TUTmtEq36M 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 AwesomeMusic. You'll hear it often, and it'll embed itself between your ears.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** 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 [[FountainOfMemes familiar lines]] and [[CrazyAwesome her appearance and fighting style being based on old cartoons.]]
** [[CuteMonsterGirl Squigly]] is very popular among the burgeoning fanbase, and she isn't even part of the default roster!
** [[FishPerson 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 WordOfGod, 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 WordOfGod, 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 Website/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 DownloadableContent, according to [[WordOfGod Mike Z]].
** Stanley Whitefin, also known by the FanNickname "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 [[FanNickname 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 [[TheGenericGuy generic]] DoggedNiceGuy.
** Feng, Cerebella's roommate, is well liked for her [[AnimeChineseGirl cute appearance]] and [[EpicFail humorous backstory]]. She has a surprisingly large amount of fanart.
* FanPreferredCouple: Filia X Carol/Painwheel seems to be the most popular of the above.
* {{Fanon}}:
** A common fan theory is that before she swallowed the Life Gem, Ms. Fortune had brown hair. This is a sort of DevelopmentGag, as her [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original design]] sported brown hair instead of her current white.
** Adam is often [[AmbiguouslyBrown 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 [[TheGenericGuy generic]], [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] DoggedNiceGuy who gets [[NoRespectGuy no respect]], and has a crush on a the clueless Parasoul.
* FetishRetardant: The stylized anatomy and overly jiggly breasts can have this effect for some people.
* FriendlyFandoms: With the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee'' fandom, crossed with FandomRivalry. When a charity event was made to decide which game should go to EVO 2013, ''Melee'' won, but the two fandoms still have respect for each other.
* FandomRivalry: With ''SuperSmashBrosMelee'' 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.
* FridgeBrilliance: "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
--> [[JackassGenie Granted word for word]], I promise
--> Baby, that's the charm
--> You got it made, yes"
* GameBreaker: Double used to be one, due to how overpowered she used to be. In short, she had[[note]]Big Band's assists are considered better, along with the move being nerfed[[/note]] the best assist in Hornet Bomber, a broken level ''one'' (now level two ''and'' shortened) super in Catelite Lives, and ''an infinite''. No matter what you needed, your team was automatically better simply by placing Double on it.
* GeniusBonus:
** One of Filia's supers is called "Gregor Samson" -- after Gregor Samsa, the main character of the Franz Kafka story ''Literature/TheMetamorphosis'', who wakes up one morning to discover that he's turned into a giant cockroach-like insect.
** The resident race of FishPeople are called [[Creator/HPLovecraft Dagonians and inhabit the district Little Innsmouth]].
** The Argus system gets its name from [[Myth/GreekMythology 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 ([[IncrediblyLamePun A hairasite]]?), and acts as the source of her strength. Now, who knows what was the source of Samson's strength in Literature/TheBible? Anyone?
** Everybody knows Peacock's mascot partner is named after Creator/TexAvery. Less people notice the Avery Unit is named after his team of animators. Appropriately, it's her weapon system that [[RealityWarper 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 [[WorldHalfEmpty horrifying crime]].
** Black egrets are actual birds that hunt by cupping their wings into makeshift umbrellas.
** Creator/CirqueDuSoleil 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 [[FuumaShuriken 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 [[FridgeHorror in her body]], it [[BodyHorror bursts out of her skin]] as multiple spikes.
** Parasoul's living weapon is [[ParasolOfPain Krieg]] (German for "war"), which she uses in conjunction with a Luger Parabellum pistol. "Parabellum" is derived from the Latin adage ''Si vis pacem, para bellum'' - "If you wish for peace, [[TechnicalPacifist prepare for war]]."
*** Parabellum is also the name for a type of bullet in real life, the 9x19mm Parabellum round commonly used in most semi-automatic pistols today. To add to this, it was first introduced for the Luger semi-automatic pistol.
*** 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 [[{{Narm}} terrible in English]]), they appear to be named after the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse.
** Eliza's parasite is named Sekhmet after the Myth/{{Egyptian|Mythology}} goddess of war. In the mythology she was known for drinking the blood of her slain foes. Sekhmet was also known as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Lady of Slaughter" and "She Who Mauls"]] - both of these titles are referenced in one of Eliza's supers.
*** You could fill a page with just the [[ShownTheirWork Ancient Egyptian trivia]] squeezed into Eliza. She references a multitude of [[Myth/EgyptianMythology gods]], [[FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical relics]], [[CulturedBadass artwork]], and even some [[BilingualBonus hieroglyphs]].
** 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 Myth/NorseMythology.
** Squigly can [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom punch opponents across the room]] with Liver Mortis. The name is already appropriate ("liver death"), but "[[AWorldwidePunomenon livor mortis]]" is also the [[UndeathlyPallor 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 BruceLee's famously rigid [[MegatonPunch one-inch punch]].
** Eliza referred to Double as Lamia in her tag-in line. Lamia was the queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon and her name was derived from the word "laimos" (Greek for gullet). One of Double's lines before fighting is "Blessed are those that revere Lamia." Also, she refers to the other fighters as "ignorant children" and [[spoiler: consumes the initial cast in her ending]].
** Common depictions of Pazuzu makes him a MixAndMatchCritter HumanoidAbomination with a serpentine penis. D.Violet's Pazuzu Whip looks like a snake... [[{{Squick}} Hmm]]...
* GeniusProgramming: [[http://www.twitch.tv/eightysixed/b/463593588?&t=3h4m20s According to Mike Z]], being able to have six characters at all on consoles, even with pixelated sprites on occasion, [[http://www.twitch.tv/eightysixed/b/463593588?&t=3h8m25s is a miracle in and of itself]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The game is very popular in Japan.
** 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 Anime/WitchBlade) has even drawn fanart for Skullgirls. Reverge Labs has also noticed this: they plan to release a Japan-exclusive disc (due to Japan's [[AmericansHateTingle dislike of DLC]]) after the first batch of DLC.
** It's drawn the attention of Japanese fighting-game producers as well; [[StreetFighter Yoshinori Ono]] and [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Daisuke Ishiwatari]] are both on record as saying they're looking forward to the release of ''Skullgirls''. (Ono even [[{{Twitter}} 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.
*** Better yet, on its first week, Skullgirls [[http://shoryuken.com/2013/02/21/skullgirls-currently-the-1-downloadable-playstation-3-title-in-japan/ was the #1 downloadable title in Japan.]]
** On a smaller level, Japan apparently ''really'' likes Bloody Marie for some reason. Must be the ElegantGothicLolita[=/=]{{Meido}} design motifs or something.
** For the record, the game's popularity in Japan is pretty unusual for a Western fighting game, since [[HitlerAteSugar other Western fighting games]] since ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' are [[AmericansHateTingle considered jokes there due to their extreme violence and being too photo-realistic]]. The fact that most of the cast are cute anime-style girls might help in this respect.
* GoddamnedBoss: 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 [[GoddamnedBats skulls]] firing in greater numbers. While she's (arguably) not difficult enough to put her in SNKBoss level, she's still very, very irritating to fight.
* HilariousInHindsight: In [[http://www.twitch.tv/eightysixed/b/404460087 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?
** An AprilFoolsDay joke in 2012 has ''Skullgals'' announced for the Neo-Geo, a little more than two years later, ''Skullgirls Encore'' was announced for the PlaystationVita.
** Beowulf's section of the bios for all the potential DLC characters reads "[His using weapons in battle is] only illegal if there’s a referee." Fast-forward to today, and not only does Beowulf have a personal referee, he is part of his moveset, meaning there ALWAYS is a referee in fights that Beowulf is a part of.
* HollywoodPudgy: Filia is the "Fat" member of the cast weighing in at 142 pounds (24.4 BMI, 0.6 away from over weight).
* HolyShitQuotient: Squigly's Story Mode. [[spoiler: When Marie throws half of a building at the beginning of the story you know that shit just got real.]]
** Eliza's story mode still manages to top it. [[spoiler:The moment she straight up ''[[HeroKiller kills Cerebella]]'' is the moment things take an [[NightmareFuel incredibly dark turn...]]]]
* IAmNotShazam: To those who don't recognize the title as referring to the main antagonist and not the characters. This reached new highs (or lows) when Big Band, the first ''male'' character, debuted.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips:
** Filia. Being more or less TheProtagonist, she gets more of this than most of the cast, and ''with'' most of the cast: [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Painwheel]], [[FirstGirlWins Cerebella]], [[{{Friendly Rival}} Squigly]], [[{{Puppeteer Parasite}} Samson]], [[CrackPairing Ms. Fortune]], [[ScrewYourself Fukua]], etc...
** [[MemeticSexGod Beowulf]]. Even before his DLC was released, he was already being paired with the entire female cast (especially with [[EvilIsSexy Eliza]], [[HelloNurse Valentine]] and [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt Ms. Fortune]]) and also some male characters...
* LesYay: 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. [[MistakenForGay I'm not interested]].
** According to WordOfGod, 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 ProudBeauty she expresses in-game - in fights against other women.
** Seen in Double's ending, [[{{Otaku}} Aeon]] has a Ms. Fortune body pillow.
** Peacock has a few, [[AccidentalInnuendo 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 [[HospitalHottie Valentine]] is a very loud and drawn-out "[[HelloNurse Hello, nurse]]!"
** [[http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=44290918 This image]], giving heavy implications of the CrackPairing of Squigly and Eliza, is an [[TheMerch official shirt]] design by Japanese fanartist Moyoosu.
* MemeticBadass: Yu-Wan, the owner of the restaurant in Little Innsmouth, thanks to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VDMPwCQSq0 this video]].
* MagnumOpus: In-Universe, Peacock is regarded by her creator, Dr. Avian, in the opening cutscene of her Storyline.
* MemeticMutation:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Z03UzBlns 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. ([[http://www.twitch.tv/eightysixed/b/362778320 As seen here on the 1:13:00 mark]]) And then Robo-Fortune appeared on the game's Indiegogo page....
*** Both are now [[AscendedMeme 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 [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Robo-Ky]].
** The weekly [[http://www.twitch.tv/eightysixed/videos?kind=past_broadcasts Salty Cupcakes]] ''Skullgirls'' livestream has the meme of Mike Z's Sandwich. Really, just sandwiches in general.
** Umbrella's [[DemotedToExtra Demotion To Extra]] has led to her "Salty Umbrella" portrayal where she looks annoyed, angry, or [[CuteButPsycho psychotic]] with DullEyesOfUnhappiness.
** [[ScheduleSlip Two Weeks]] ([[TradeSnark TM]]) [[note]]A patch for a game has to be submitted to Sony and Microsoft for testing before it can be released on PSN and XBLA, leading to a two-week long wait period between the developers finishing up and the companies actually finishing up. When this was brought up in regards to [[TroubledProduction the Xbox patch]], the wait ended up being much longer than that, and "Two Weeks" promptly became a mantra for the Skullgirls community whenever they're waiting on something to release.[[/note]]
*** Now an AscendedMeme: [[spoiler:Squigly tells Marie and [[BreakingTheFourthWall 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 [[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead The Typing of the Skullgirls: Encore.]]
** Adam, one of the few Black Egrets we see with a face, [[EnsembleDarkhorse gained popularity]] due to his status as TheGenericGuy and is frequently depicted amongst the fandom as a [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] DoggedNiceGuy.
** Lab Zero's [[TroubledProduction complete inability to catch a break.]] Fans have dubbed it the "Skullgirls curse."
* {{Moe}}: [[spoiler:Carol]] is ''[[InvokedTrope actually called this]]'' on her design sheet.
** Another example [[{{Adorkable}} Filia]] seems to get this treatment among fans. Increases the former's moe factor by having [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica her voice]] by Creator/ChristineMarieCabanos
** Minnette is be CuteClumsyGirl and same time a CuteMonsterGirl, increases its factor Moe.
* {{Narm}}: Painwheel's ending is depressing, but the presentation is sort of goofy. [[spoiler:The fact that her parents were able to shout her away with one sentence, and that she didn't even attempt to remove her mask to show them it was her (which she can apparently do according to Valentine's ending) makes it seem like she put no real effort into trying to re-unite with her parents, and goes off to be alone instead.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Cerebella will always have trouble living down what happened in her Story Mode Ending, despite the ending not being canon. See TheScrappy below.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The game had been in production for years before Mike Z came on board, with several of its cast members created years before even that. Most of the characters thought to be [[{{Expy}} expies]] precede their counterparts. Not that it's easy to tell in a game made of [[ShoutOut references]].
* ParanoiaFuel: Try to finish Fukua's story mode without wondering if[[spoiler: "Filia" isn't really Fukua after the story's ending and her successfully taking over Filia's body. She likes being Filia, after all.]]
* PolishedPort: The PC version of the game is very well done, [[http://www.twitch.tv/eightysixed/b/419785960?t=48m24s 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.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: Cerebella and Vitale Medici are supposed to have an "aloof father and daddy's girl adopted daughter" feel to their interactions, but in the game, it comes off more as a creepy MayDecemberRomance thing -- especially in Cerebella's ending, where she's shown sitting on Vitale's ''knee'' sharing a glass of champagne in a very tight, slinky dress that the busty girl is almost falling out of. It feels more like Cerebella wants Vitale's ''romantic'' love than his paternal love.
* TheScrappy: To many, [[WellDoneSonGuy Cerebella]] ''completely'' crossed the MoralEventHorizon in her ending [[spoiler: 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 GreatOffscreenWar), even though this is one of the WhatIf endings according to WordOfGod and Cerebella [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone clearly realizes she made the wrong choice]]. The fact that Marie claims she's "pure", [[MoralDissonance in spite of being established as a "leg breaker" for the Medici Mob]], [[KarmaHoudini only twists the knife further]] -- except for the quite likely possibility that was [[UnreliableNarrator deliberately lying to her]] in order to lay out SchmuckBait.]]
** The treatment of Cerebella [[spoiler: in Eliza's story has elicited reactions of both AlasPoorVillain and TakeThatScrappy]]
* {{Shipping}}: Fans of LesYay are very happy with this game:
** The most prominent is Filia/Painwheel.[[spoiler: Happens because of Filia wishing for Painwheel having a normal life, sacrificing her chance of getting her memories back. Also, Carol is really cute.]]
** [[spoiler: Fans also seem to like Patricia/Marie ToyShip. Their [[TearJerker 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 [[FoeYay Cerebella with Ms. Fortune, and Parasoul with Valentine]], conveniently ignoring the Canon that [[spoiler: Cerebella is willing to crush Fortune into another [[MacGuffin Life Gem]] in her ending (although [[WasItReallyWorthIt her regrets afterward]] shed some sympathy), and Valentine is part of the TerribleTrio that wishes to make Parasoul's little sister Umbrella [[HumanoidAbomination a Skullgirl]]]].
*** It should be mentioned that Parasoul's and Valentine's voice actors [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Bhcp4Aa7w did some videos]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edOuz6xSPT8 where the two characters display]] FoeYay.
--->''"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. [[spoiler: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 [[WordOfGay 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 OddFriendship.
** Squigly x Filia, based on their {{Friendly Rival}}ry (even though their {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s don't approve), their tag-team battle against [[spoiler: Double]] and ''especially'' in the BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: where Filia gives Squigly a proper burial, and carved a very heartwarming epitaph on the headstone.]]
** Filia x Cerebella is also prominent, [[FirstGirlWins 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 ParentalSubstitute for Lab 8's RagtagBunchOfMisfits.
*** Altrought before released of Big Band, many support ships Big Band x Illeum, for being TeamDad and TeamMom for obvious reasons.
** Some people are shipping [[ScrewYourself Filia x Fukua]] as well, although Fukua's interest in Filia [[{{Squick}} is very creepy]], [[FoeYay she wants to be Filia]] and [[AngelDevilShipping she wants to]] [[NightmareFuel have her face]]...
* SpiritualLicensee: Best ''[[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Vampire Savior]]'' sequel Capcom never made!
** It's also the closest we'll ever get to ''MarvelVsCapcom 4'' (and, in fact, is the most popular ''MarvelVsCapcom'' [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in Japan]]).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clecIMqEuMY opening soundtrack piece]]'s melody is quite reminiscent of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''[='=]s "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12AHLzW4kks&t=39s Satori Maiden ~ 3rd eye]]". Fans humorously compare the two games, as they both involve cute girls beating the heck out of each other.
** "Satori Maiden" is itself a suspiciously similar song to ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'''s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAAjTI0ewio&t=26s She said, 'Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred']]." Given it plays over a flying [[{{Oculothorax}} eye monster]] attacking a city, you could argue Sahaquiel, Satori, and Marie form their own musical and thematic trinity.
* ThatOneAttack: 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 TierInducedScrappy among the competitive community.
** Fortunately the move was [[{{Nerf}} 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.
* ThatOneBoss: Marie
* TroubledProduction: Either because of the budget limitation or just pure apathy, the last two DLC characters who weren't originally going to be made from the Indiegogo campaign, Beowulf and Robo-Fortune, don't have talksprites as detailed as the other characters. Especially noticeable in Beowulf's talksprites to the point that the lineart and shading are inconsistent.
* UglyCute: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIRYpV1_JfY&feature=g-vrec Mike Z described Double as this in this video]].
* TheWoobie: Painwheel. Peacock. [[spoiler:Valentine]].