YMMV / Suikoden V

  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Falena's Finest Unite attack. It is, to date, the only 6-person Unite in the series, and involves some of the strongest characters in the game, with the Prince, Lyon, Georg, Miakis, Kyle, and Galleon taking part. It deals 0.2 to 0.4 damage (depending on the average affection points of the non-Prince characters involved) to all enemies, which is a lot more than it sounds like given that that damage involves 6 people and is spreading the damage to the entire enemy group. So why is it impractical? Because your only chance to use it is when retaking Sol-Falena, which has only boss encounters with one or two enemies. You can't use it before OR after that, since Georg is only in the team with the rest of Falena's Finest for that brief window (joining shortly before that and splitting off from the Prince's group shortly after that). You can use it in a New Game+ thanks to Georg being a permanent party member after retaking Sol Falena but the trope still applies because Georg is a Glass Cannon against the Final Boss.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Sialeeds - specifically, her betrayal of her nephew, the Prince. While both sides agree she was a Well-Intentioned Extremist, they disagree on whether her actions were necessary, or if her reasons for doing so were convincing.
    • Lyon. Some fans sees her as a refreshing change of pace on the Protagonist's main companion, yet other finds her bland and not much developed, unlike the Prince himself.
  • Broken Base: The 108 Stars of Destiny Ending is seen by some as rushed and confusing, as Lyon's death is too sudden and unexplained. Its status as the best ending, like all Suikoden game, does not help.
  • Complete Monster: Childerich is the most brutal Psycho for Hire in the Suikoden series. A sadistic psychopath who lives to fight and kill, Childerich centers in on the Prince of Falena, occupying a town and executing people at random as "sympathizers", solely because the town itself was occupied by the rebels. In battle, Childerich happily uses his own men as human shields before escaping and later taking the city of Doraat. During the Second Battle of Doraat, he would have chosen to burn the whole city rather than letting it fall into the hands of the Prince's army. In his final battle with the Prince, Childerich attempts to murder the Prince and his comrades, showing he has nothing but contempt for all that lives and his only enjoyment in life being murder and death.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • Visit Rainwall after the end of the Godwin occupation and talk to some of the NPCs. These people have clearly been put through trials of their own.
    • Visit Doraat after you liberate it the second time. The town is significantly less populated than the last time you were there, given that Childerich led a ruthless mass-slaughter of innocent civilians and everybody is completely shell-shocked and morose.
  • Game-Breaker: Has its own page.
  • Les Yay: Cathari is heavily implied to have been in a relationship with Lucretia at one point, and Lelei is implied to currently be in a relationship with her.
  • Love to Hate: Salum and Euram (before his optional Heel–Face Turn) are villains and selfish traitors. But let's face it. They are also deliciously hammy and every scene where they gleefully chew the scenery is a delight to watch. Special mentions go to the first meeting with them and Euram's speech in Sable.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Godwins try so hard to achieve this... and so do the Barrows, though they don't quite make it.
    • And then there was Sialeeds, who managed to outwit everyone when it came to politics. When Gizel dies, he outright states that she's the only one who got exactly what she wanted. Boy was he right.
  • Memetic Badass: Georg Prime, the Chuck Norris of Suikoden universe.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Zahhak crosses it when he burns a town filled with Godwin sympathizers simply to provide a distraction to allow his army to escape.
    • Marscal Godwin crosses it when he orders Dolph to burn down Beaver Lodge.
    • Dolph crosses it when he stabs his Forgotten Childhood Friend Lyon with a poisoned knife that almost kills her.
    • Salum Barrows crosses it when it is revealed that the Lordlake Rebellion was sparked off by his building a dam near the town. When citizens staged a peaceful protest, his son panicked and ordered his garrison to attack. Salum took advantage of the chaos by slipping some of his agents into the crowd (now moving towards Sol-Falena to tell the Queen) and had them steal the Dawn Rune, framing Lordlake and Lord Rovere for the theft. This led to Queen Arshtat nuking Lordlake. Not to mention Lord Rovere and his family being executed. What's more horrifying is that he crossed it before all this as it was Salum Barows who had primarily convinced Princess Falzrahm to try and steal the throne from her older sister Shahrewar, the rightful heir. His machinations for power led to the Succession Conflict where a lot of people died, including his oldest son and his cousin Kauss, who was Falzrahm's husband. Given that everything listed above occurred after the Succession Conflict, it's pretty safe to say that Salum never learn his lesson about what happens when he tried to make power grabs.
    • Childerich crosses it when he orders the execution of Godwin supporters in Doraat because their town was conquered by the Rebels, claiming that they were traitors for letting that happen.
  • Player Punch: So, so many. No Suikoden game is complete without them.
    • The biggest one is, of course, the deaths of the Prince's parents, Arshtat and Ferid. It happens early in the story, at the end of the first act, and may take an unsuspecting player by surprise. The fact that you only learn it afterwards without seeing it, and in a rather abrupt way to boot, makes it hit very hard. Especially since you're forced to abandon Lymsleia just after. Then, later in the story, you get to actually witness the whole scene in a flashback. Only to learn that Arshtat actually accidentally killed her own husband with the Sun rune, which made her snap and allowed the Rune to completely possess her. Georg then had to kill her to stop her from destroying the whole queendom.
    • An optional one. If the player chooses to stay in the castle during the conjoint attack of the Godwin Faction and the Southern Mountain Corps, Roy will sacrifice himself to buy enough time for the reinforcements to arrive.
  • The Scrappy: Roy has the traditional Star of Scrappies, Chizoku. However, he's more of an aversion as he is also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, is quite important to the plot and has some Character Development.
  • Scrappy Level: The Deep Twilight Forest is loathed by players for being utterly baffling to get through: it constantly leads into dead ends, and circular paths that, if not careful, will lead you right out to where you started. The whole visit is punctuated by a high random encounter rate. It has treasures too, so god help you if you intend to search for them.
  • That One Boss: The second duel, Chuck, is honestly the hardest in the game. Mainly due to the duels relying on you being able to read your opponent combined with him being The Stoic.
  • That One Level: The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, where you have to split into three parties and constantly switch among them to advance through the dungeon. Also the Deep Twilight Forest, with a lot of twists and hidden paths, expect to get lost here easily.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Getting Roy's Heroic Sacrifice, the Crowning Moment of Awesome for the entire game, locks out the best ending, leading to the death of the girl he loves, and who he sees as he dies. "Wasted" doesn't begin to describe it; more like "machine-gunned it and left it in a ditch."
  • Viewer Gender Confusion - Many players thought that the prince was a chick when they first saw the cover. His clothes look like ones that women would usually wear.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Depending on the culture, a rose tattoo symbolises anything from love and beauty, to connotations of being a prostitute. It's fair to say, Nifsara probably falls somewhere in the middle.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After the stylistic deviations of Suikoden III with its paired party system and its trinity sight and Suikoden IV with its sea voyaging, lack of depth and shrunken parties, Suikoden V returns the series to a style of gameplay and storytelling much closer in style to the first two games. It seems to have mostly worked, as Suikoden V is the less divisive game since the first two entries.
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