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YMMV: Suikoden II
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Jowy a Tragic Hero who is forced to fight his best friend or an incredible idiot who chooses to prolong an unnecessary war and try to assassinate his best friend instead of signing a peace treaty or suggesting a political union?
  • Complete Monster: Luca Blight and Neclord
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Good luck finding this game nowadays for anything less than $100.
  • Crack Pairing: Due to Luca constantly referring anyone as pigs, fanarts usually depicted him being paired with pigs (to be ridden, to joke around with, or to butcher).
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Gothic Neclord all the way!
  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Viktor and Flik establish themselves as such herein. Because even if they play big part in here and previously, afterwards, they never appear again.
    • Luca Blight, not only regarded as among the most memorable parts of the game, but also probably the most popular villain in the entire series.
    • Hai Yo, Iron Chef extraordinary, he's not a mandatory recruit (if you want your castle to be restaurant-less), but he has his own sidequest about cooking contest and his own share of tragedies, all encapsulated in an awesome cooking mini game, and then people found out that he's highly customizable, showing off that he can be a bigger powerhouse than other powerhouses when properly trained. That said, he garners a lot of popularity amongst fandom and it's probably because of him that both Retso (one of his opponents) and Shun Min (his lover) make an appearance in V
  • Even Better Sequel: There are many fans who consider this game to be superior to the original, as well as the best in the series.
  • Evil Is Cool: Luca Blight pretty well cemented himself in this position given his Dying Moment of Awesome when finally killing him takes three different parties fighting him in quick succession, along with being a reasonably challenging fight while he's at it.
  • Game Breaker: Sheena can become one of these, and there's also Georg Prime to consider.
    • Killey, for the same reasons as Sheena, except he's even more powerful.
    • Recruiting the main character from the first game. The Soul Eater Rune is as awesome as ever.
    • Because of how the Rune Unites work, one can place a slower character in the first party slot to make the whole party cast up to five Rune Unites in one turn! Not bad for a game where mages are pretty useless by the late-game.
    • Double-Beat rune, especially when compared with other runes or used by anyone with three rune slots. Add in Fury Rune and Double-Strike rune and you'll pretty much have a character who can get all, if not most action in battles.
  • Goddamned Bats: Sirens and DoReMi elves. They sure can be taken down very easily but they can inflict a wide array of nasty status effects if not taken out right away. For a video game series that usually averts this trope, these sure annoy some players.
  • Good Bad Bugs: You could just trivialize the fight against Luca Blight with a glitch where he doesn't even attack you and only counterattacks if your character misses.
  • Guide Dang It: Good luck finding all 108 Stars of Destiny on your own. And there are a good amount of unnoticeable glitches that you might walk into unintentionally.
  • Love to Hate: Ask any of Luca Blight's fans why they like him, aside from the Evil Is Cool above, it will be due to how appallingly evil he is.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Shu.
  • Memetic Badass: Georg Prime, but Luca Blight contests his title.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Luca Blight just loves pushing this to new levels.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Once again, Luca Blight, as well as the fate of the people of Muse (you even get to hear a man describe how his family was devoured in front of him).
    • Millie's Groundhog Bonaparte. That is all.
  • Player Punch: Several; the traditional one is Nanami's sudden death.
    • Pilika's life from meeting the hero to losing her voice is just the writers repeatedly socking the player in the gut.
  • The Scrappy: Hoi.
    • Chaco really cannot live down how much he was an obnoxious brat who stole your wallet and taunted you all over the place during the Two River arc. Some say he got better after especially joining the fight against Highland and eventually inspiring the Kobolds to join in, but most of the time, not so much. Every Let's Players would LOVE to express how they hate this brat and even think that Sid's treatment to him is so satisfying on his expense.
    • Jess to some. The guy just goes on a blind accusation spree of your character killing Annabelle and refuses to trust you, and his insistence can lead to the hero running away and caused Ridley to die (can, because the hero can just man up and not run). He does mellow down after the Neclord arc ended and warms up to the hero and makes it up by being a decent war sub-commander, but much like Chaco, kinda hard to forget Jess' actions before.
  • Tear Jerker: There are a lot of these. Some moments are also mentioned above, in Player Punch.
  • Too Cool to Live: Genkaku, Anabelle and Elza.
  • The Woobie: Pilika.

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