YMMV: The Legend of Dragoon


  • Base Breaker:
  • Cliché Storm: Notably though, plenty of tropes are subverted and deconstructed instead of played straight.
  • Complete Monster: Melbu Frahnma was the emperor of the winged humanoid race called the Winglies. Promoting a racist philosophy, Melbu Frahnma spread the belief that every single thing that wasn't a Wingly deserved annihilation, but it was the 'grace' of his empire to spare them as slaves. After being overthrown, Melbu Frahnma's spirit went dormant until he could take over the hero, Zieg. Using Zieg's body, Melbu Frahnma manipulated several massive wars and multiple murders to engineer his ascent to power and to fuse with a 'seed' of a God and become the god of destruction. He plans to become the new god emperor of the world and destroy or make slaves of every race. Not even the Winglies are exempt, as Melbu Frahma displays full willingness to wipe them out should they resist him.
  • Critical Dissonance: While critics had mixed feelings about the game, the gamers' opinion was, and still is, significantly greater.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Dart and Rose, who get scores of tease lines and romantic interludes (especially in Disc 2).
  • Freud Was Right: Rose's Astral Drain and Demon's Gate spells. Yes, this can be non-phallic. On top of that, all of Rose's Additions read off like an S&M fan's wet dream. Whip Smack, More and More, Hard Blade, and even Demon's Dance to a degree. Rose's voice actress not only says the names of her additions, but throws a single word into the longer ones as well. That word is die.
  • Game Breaker:
    • Proper usage of Item Magic and Dragoon magic alongside magic improving items can blow through the bosses in the game by easily reaching 6000 or 9999 damage. Shana/Miranda and Meru can easily waste most boss battles with this.
    • There are items that are limited into once-per-battle usage. These items are ridiculously overpowered if used correctly, especially with the limited item slot in this game.
    • Thanks to Magikarp Power, Meru can become this if you use her extensively, since she has a high speed and high damage multipliers to overcome her lack of attack power. While Miranda still beats her for healing and for magic damage, Meru's physical damage can be done quite frequently.
  • Ho Yay: A fair amount between Dart, Lavitz, and Albert, even though the latter is definitely head over heels for a woman.
  • It Was His Sled: If you’re reading this page, chances are you already know everything in the spoilers.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Lloyd.
  • Narm: The voice acting in general, especially in the CG cutscenes as it tends to get progressively worse as the game goes on. Quite a bit of the dialogue, including those that aren't verbally spoken, can come across as downright corny.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Miranda is usually seen as this, for replacing Shana. It's not because they liked the character she replaces better (Albert also is a replacement for Lavitz after all, plus Shana is a Damsel Scrappy to many), but more that Miranda joins in Disc 3, and Out of Focus when compared to the rest of the cast. She's also very abrasive, although she does get called out on this.
  • Squick: The Ship Tease moments between Dart and Rose, considering that Dart's already committed to Shana, Rose is Really Eleven Thousand Years Old and she used to the fiancée of Dart's dad.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The Dart/Shana romance can some across as this, especially in the first half of the game, due to lack of character development between them and the issue of their supposed romance being really heavy-headed at times.
  • Tear Jerker: The Call Back in the ending movie to a conversation between Dart and Lavitz.
  • That One Boss:
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Bears some very slight similarities to the megahit Final Fantasy VII, released two years prior. It's generally agreed that these are superficial in nature, since The Legend of Dragoon's storyline, gameplay mechanics, and characters are radically different.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Kongol. Slow as all get out, has the magic defense of a wet paper bag, and only has three additions, with the first two giving ridiculously small amounts of SP, making it an absolute chore to get his Dragoon levels up. Additionally, his final addition has a pitiful 300% modifier, the weakest of any final addition in the game and holding back his ungodly physical might. With his slow speed, other characters like Meru or Haschel will end up outdamaging him.
    • Shana and Miranda. While the two undoubtedly have the best dragon attack in the game, can keep the party alive through anything, and can waste enemies once they get the Psyche Bomb X, they do pitiful damage because they lack additions. Their only gimmick is that they can be almost permanently in dragoon form; as their attacks lack additions, their SP is delivered in one bulk package, and it's a higher amount than most additions in the game making it very easy to accumulate levels. However, magic is overpowered in this game and they have the best magic attack stats, beating 2nd place Meru by nearly 50%.
  • Too Cool to Live: Lavitz.
  • The Woobie: Shana. Her hometown is razed to the ground just to capture her, she gets broken out of prison but she has these strange powers she has no understanding of, the guy she likes keeps constantly rejecting and ignoring her feelings, she gets poisoned and is given a Dragoon Spirit so she can survive which she then loses shortly after the guy she likes returns her feelings and she can't travel with him anymore, she ends up kidnapped and finds out that her powers are designed to bring the end of the world as we know it and may have to be killed to stop it from happening. Thankfully, she doesn't have to be and gets a happy ending.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Miranda's backstory would normally garner her sympathy: She was beaten, and eventually abandoned, by her mother. Her father was a drunk who also beat her. She took to war to ease her pain until she was adopted by Queen Theresa. However, this isn't revealed until Disc 4, and Miranda is fairly abrasive to most of the party. While Rose is nasty to her first, she's unnecessarily nasty to the others.