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?
  • Badass Decay: Neclord in 1 was That One Boss, perhaps because of limited Rune usage, and the fact that you are stuck with carrying Viktor, Cleo and Hix with him (bad news if you haven't been training Viktor and Cleo, but especially Hix, who was just a newcomer), and he boasts very powerful attacks and mass healing spells were hard to come by (you basically have to stick one character with the Water Rune). In here, he's subsequently A LOT more easier thanks to better Rune options, storywise having Sierra and Kahn gang up with him, you could put at most two out of Nanami, Kahn and/or Sierra into your Convoy, Magic being more powerful (and you can leave healing to Riou mostly). The only way you could screw up is if you burnt out all of your magic in the previous fight against the Stone Golem.
  • 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: 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.
  • Fan Nickname: Some fans call Freed Yamamoto Freedy because in the game his name is shortened to "Freed Y."
  • 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. Even more so when you realize you can get Double Beat way early in the game, if the Random Number God is merciful on you.
  • 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.
    • The infamous "Kindness Rune" bug which allows characters equipped with it to have a strength stat of 999note .
    • There's also the money bug once players recruit Hans the armorer that allows players to have max amounts of money just by doing a few certain steps in the menu choice.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Luca Blight. It would be easier to count the times he's not hamming it up. Opening the amulet with fireflies just before he dies, and possibly talking to Jillia after Agares's death.
  • 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 and unapologetically 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. Or if you really hate him, you could just not let him join but say goodbye to your 100% Completion.
  • Tear Jerker: There are a lot of these. Some moments are also mentioned above, in Player Punch.
  • That One Boss: The Abomination, who attacks you in lieu of Neclord in North Window. He's able to move twice per round and crushes your party for absolutely huge damage for this point. This is made worse by the fact that the only thing able to heal this off completely is Riou's Battle Oath, which you'll only have one cast of by this point in the game without excessive grinding. Fortunately, Fire Runes and Kahn's Resurrection Rune do massive damage to him!
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Freed Yanamoto is a dutiful, eager-to-please man. But his stats are atrocious.
  • Too Cool to Live: Genkaku, Anabelle and Elza.
  • The Woobie: Pilika.