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YMMV: The World Ends with You
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: While the title change was due to legal issues, thus providing a reason for the use of the trope, The World Ends With You is quite a bit more "hardcore" than It's a Wonderful World.
  • Angst Dissonance:
    • The intro to the game simply has Neku explain how much he can't stand people in general. Basically, him yelling at a few people, then "I don't get people. Never have, never will." Doesn't really get elaborated on during the main story, but it finally gets an explanation in Another Day's Pork City quest: Neku blames himself for the death of his only friend.
    • This is actually hinted at in the main story, too: when Rhyme gets erased, Neku thinks, "I feel like crap. This is just like that time... That time? What time? ... I can't remember."
  • Anticlimax Boss: In Another Day, Shinji Hashimoto is quite easier than some of the previous Tin Pin opponents.
    • Anguis Cantus, despite looking awesome, is piss-easy. So long as you don't go Leeroy Jenkins and get wiped out by his headbutt, all he can do while you're on the ground is to use a slow and fairly weak fireball spread (with the occasional big one thrown in). Oh, and then there's his tracking bubble: but it actually works to your advantage to get grabbed, seeing as this lets you wail on him with impunity while he charges a very slow fireball, giving you plenty of time to ready a cross-combo.
  • Base Breaker: Joshua. His Jerkassery is either incredibly hilarious or incredibly annoying.
    • Regardless of their opinion of his character, the question of whether or not Joshua is gay makes some fans butt heads, too.
  • Broken Base: All the hope spurred over the iOS & iPad version's countdown. To make a point, a fitting countdown for a game like this is really needed.
  • Complete Monster: Mitsuki Konishi is a ruthless aspiring tyrant who almost singlehandedly instills a sense of dread and urgency in an initially lighthearted story. She is comfortable with threatening the lives of innocent people, including children, in order to bait her adversaries. Specifically, after her minions "kill" Beat's kid sister Rhyme, she takes Rhyme's soul hostage, imprisoning her in a badge. She forces Beat to complete the week's missions, under the threat of erasing his sister's existence forever. When Beat completes these tasks and retrieves the badge, it proves to be a fake. Uzuki and Kariya, the Punch Clock Villains used unwittingly in this deception, are visibly disgusted at her cruelty. She is responsible for the only permanent death of a sympathetic character, "erasing" 777 - an Anti-Villain who was Forced Into Evil - for failing to defeat the heroes. When finally cornered, Konishi reveals her true motive: to overthrow the current Conductor - who, by contrast, is a Well-Intentioned Extremist - and gain unchecked power over the Underground plane. With her dying breath, she aims to inflict further suffering on Beat - who had infuriated her by refusing to play to her script - by insinuating that his sister never truly loved him and that his efforts were pointless.
  • Crazy Awesome: Minamimoto.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: But of course.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Joshua.
    • Minamimoto, too.
  • Ear Worm: All of the soundtrack is pretty catchy, but Calling will gorge its way into your head for days.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Minamimoto, Kariya, and 777.
  • Escapist Character: Hanekoma. He's always two steps ahead of everyone and both God and Satan but, mostly because of keeping in the background of things, he manages to keep a sense of mystique and interest to keep from being obnoxious about it.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Konishi and Minamimoto.
  • Fanon: The concept of a "Music" of Shibuya is widespread and largely accepted with no explanation in fanfiction; it's never even alluded to in the game, though it does make some sort of sense and fit with the musical theme naming (Noise, Conductor, Composer, frequency, etc).
  • Fan Nickname: Hype-chan for the girl from the secret ending of Solo Remix.
  • Fountain of Memes: Pick Sho Minamimoto's out loud quotes. Any of them, and fans of the game just might start having quote-offs or break out into math speeches.
  • Game Breaker:
    • If you use Mingle mode and come across another player doing the same, you can access that player's shop, which consists of what the player's characters were equipped with at the time. Through this, you can, early on in the game, buy pins that you normally wouldn't get for a long time, such as the Anguis and the Darklit Planet set, and quite easily demolish every enemy that comes your way.
    • And of course the LASS thread set, short for "Lapin Angelique Suicide Special," which uses threads which require the SOS condition. The correct set of four grants an insane level of offense and defense, often meaning 0 damage on the user and Massive Damage to the enemy. There's even pins and threads which automatically inflict SOS at the beginning of battle. Combined with the Darklit Planets, any enemy you face is... pretty much SOL.
    • Neku and Joshua's Level 3 Fusion Attack. It can be used to basically skip the Nintendo Hard Phase 2 of Sho Minamimoto's boss fight by taking almost half his HP off. To put that in perspective, Shiki's level 3 Fusion has an Efficiency rating of 20, Beat's has an Efficiency rating of 30, and Joshua's level 3 Fusion has an efficiency rating of 99.99.
    • The Solo Remix edition buffed Lightning Arrester-type pins (like Lightning Rook) with more hits and charges, and is now comparable to the Darklit Planets in damage. Even better, Lightning Rooks are much easier to get, plus you can equip two of them and still have four pins of your choice (unlike the Darklit Planets which takes up all your slots).
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Some of Minamimoto's references are just random math terms thrown around for fun, but then there's the Level i Flare...
    • And the HP count of both his forms in the Noise Report... but this one should be easy to get, considering how he recites Pi in-game.
    • Also, there's a Japanese Culture Genius Bonus: In Another Day, when Beat is trying to become a comedian, it's just plain funny. It becomes funnier if you know that there is a Japanese comedian by the stage name of BEAT Takeshi.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Though bats in this game aren't really goddamned so much as Frogs (especially if you use Joshua's floating move) or Shrews (who use bombs and drill attacks for massive damage, and on top of that burrow underground, making them difficult to attack).
    • Later, you encounter Frogs that absorb either short-range or long-range attacks. Or a particular kind of frog that absorbs both.
      • This frog that absorbs both get VERY special notice. You can only fight them in the Shibuya River areas in Another Day, and they're rare. Oh, did we mention that they're one of six enemies in the game that drop a Darklit Planet pin, meaning you need to fight them on Ultimate and chain a lot of battles?
    • Wolves, due to their almost-constant dashing.
    • Pork City has battles that pair these attack-absorbing frogs with the ELEPHANTS.
    • Ravens tend to be this too. The big raven boss, Cornix Canor, is very representative in that it stays off screen for 90% of the time and just decides to stop by every once in a while, flying past your silly attempts at hitting it.
    • Any Taboo Noise, because they're stronger, require you to pay close attention to the Light Puck if you want to do any decent damage, and actively seek you out during a Scan. Additionally, the 'Gotta Bounce!' option is disabled during their battles, so you can not escape them.
    • Not to mention the jellyfish. They multiply endlessly. If you try to get the red jellyfish's Hard drop by waiting for it to spawn, the battle can easily take up to 10 minutes just because they spawn faster than you can finish them off.
    • Towards the end of the final week, you'll occasionally and randomly fight brainwashed Reapers as you go from one area to another. The encoutners aren't particularly hard so much as time-wasting.
  • Goddamned Boss: Taboo Minamimoto. Not particularly dangerous, but his Teleport Spam is infuriating.
  • Ho Yay Shipping:
    • It doesn't take very strong slash goggles to see several of the male shop keepers crushing on the player as hard as the females when you get their Friendship up — the le Grand clerk in Cadoi City's offering to help the player slip into his purchases being the most explicit. He will drop several sexual compliments on the party as they shop — however, there's only a one-third chance that there's even a girl in the party, meaning two times out of three he's hitting on a pair of fifteen year-old boys.
    • There's also a fair amount of Les Yay, too — Shiki's most important character arc is her relationship with Eri, while Mina and Ai seem to care much more about each other than Makoto...
    • It's even lampshaded in the bonus chapter at the end of the game, where Joshua's codename is 'Pink', someone comments on how a Rainbow Tin Pin Launcher was 'made for him' and he's the 'Roy G. Biv' of Tin Pin, and Josh himself offers to escort Neku alone down an abandoned drainage river and "spend some quality time". Shiki is torn between shock and Yaoi Fangirl-ism.
    • More here.
  • Hype Backlash / Internet Back Draft: Square had a week-long countdown with loads of promotion for...announcing an iOS port of the game. Fans and the media, expecting a sequel, were not terribly amused.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Joshua and Kitaniji arguably qualify since their plans both failed and succeeded at the same time, but Mr. Hanekoma is the crowning example of this trope. Just read the Secret Reports.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Meme" is actually used in the psychological context rather than the present-day "internet joke" definition...
    • But while we're on the subject, Minamimoto would like to you know that you are so zetta slow!
    • One Reaper uses the typical internet-memetic catchphrases "Oh really?" (orly?), "I see what you did there," (i see what u did thar) and "I know, right?" (inorite?)
    • Joshua can lock on to a single enemy multiple times to attack it For Massive Damage!
    • The proof is in the pudding. The pudding... OF THEIR DOOM!
    • Minamimoto's also used similarly to Ultros to tell some Incredibly Lame Pun, but math related.
    • Joshua and his Super Jesus Beam. Joshua is a form of the name Jesus, after all.(Yoshua and Yeshua have the same root name.)
    • Come get some Hot Stuff. Explanation 
    • Shiki's "Pants. Off. Now." and Beat's "IM DIGGIN' IT!" are popular among fans.
    • Tin Pin. SLAM ON!
    • Must... resist... emo urges! Explanation 
    • There's a party in my mouth! Explanation 
    • Shut up and walk, dear. <3 Explanation 
  • Memetic Sex God: Minamimoto.
  • Moe: Rhyme. Shiki's real self counts as well.
  • Mondegreen: Given the mixture of vocals and voice clips the characters say, this happens:
    • When you fight Megumi, it sounds like he says "Stop IT!" when he's really saying "Sub-MIT!"
    • A few people had misheard a voice clip of Shiki saying, "Why don't you back OFF?!" as "Why don't you jack OFF?"
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • To some fans, Beat in general.
      • To others, Uzuki's voice, especially her high pitched giggles.
    • Joshua's "Whaaat?" every time he gets knocked down is the only reason why his levitation could possibly be a bad thing.
    • "Neku, do you need a break?" Especially when half of the time it's his fault that you're dying in the first place.
    • "ZETTA SLOW. SO ZETTA-SO ZETTA SLOW!" and "IIIIIINFINITY!" (Because he is That One Boss.)
    • "You're outta your vecto- You're outta your vecto- You're outta your vecto- You're outta your vecto- "*repeat ad infinitum*
    • "DIE, RADIAN!" "DIE, RADIAN!" - Notice three examples in a row are from the same guy.
    • SUBMIT! TIME BE- Try har-Try harder! SUBMI-SUBMIT! TIME BE STILL! SUBMI- Try harder!
    • "You need to do better, Neku."
  • Narm Charm:
    • The soundtrack kicks ass, but if you think about it for 30 seconds, you realize that a lot of it is a bunch of Japanese singers trying to sound like gangstas as they rap. But they put so much energy and effort into their performance, it's just adorable. And the songs still somehow manage to be completely awesome! That's an accomplishment, folks.
    • It gets even better if you listen to the lyrics of some of the songs. For example, "Game Over" is apparently sung by a businessman signing contracts and climbing up the corporate ladder.
    • Not to mention, the soundtrack makes a bit of sense because Neku is wearing headphones throughout the entire game - it's what he's listening to!
    • Several cutscenes feature stylized handguns—so stylized, in fact, that they look like paint rollers.
      • Or hairdryers.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Game Over sequence. The music suddenly stops, Neku whispers, "I'm fading..." in a horrified voice, and then both screens turn to static. It's even worse when you're fighting Game Masters, as they'll make a snarky comment too.
    • Sometimes, it'll be your partner who speaks when you die, and their death cries can get pretty horrifying. Like Beat, who, instead of whispering like Neku, screams "RHYYYYYME!" That one's more of a Tear Jerker, however.
    • The Progfox is a boss that shapeshifts and has different forms. This is one of them.
    • Towards the end of Week 3, everyone in Shibuya being brainwashed by the Red Pins is kinda horrifying.
      • Plus, brainwashed Shiki can be shocking to some.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity and/or Bile Fascination with a side of Getting Crap Past the Radar: Subverted; despite how it sounds, the "F" in Eiji's blog actually stands for "Fabulous!"
  • Player Punch: Several. The first one (Rhyme's erasure) gets pulled surprisingly early, and it's far from being the last.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer/Rule of Funny: Proof that Square Enix has a habit of making too many addictive games: the reason why Joshua was not in the last week up until the final day was because he was too caught up in playing Tin Pin in Another Day. And, yes, you can do exactly the same.
  • That One Boss:
    • Minamimoto. So zetta annoying, especially when you have to replay his Hopeless Boss Fight and actually win. And, inevitably, Kariya and/or Uzuki.
    • Konishi can be rather difficult as well, since she's a very confusing Puzzle Boss who can easily destroy you if you can't figure out exactly what you have to do just to scratch her. The solution is implied before the start of the battle, but it isn't explicitly stated and requires you to do things that you would not have thought about before.
    • After Konishi, you fight Kitaniji. He has the highest HP of any enemy of the game thus far (though Wooly AOR ties him) and has extremely powerful attacks. Not to mention his main ability. And brainwashed Shiki makes it rather hard to attack her, and blocking Mr. Mew completely is hard.
  • That One Sidequest: The Darklit Planet pins. One is randomly sold by Hanekoma after beating the game (which one is randomly decided upon selecting New Game). The other five (as well as the one you can buy) are dropped on Ultimate at low percentages by... special enemies. To be exact: The extremely rare Fifenfrog, Hopeless Boss Fight Taboo Minamimoto, That One Boss Megumi Kitaniji, Final Boss Draco Cantus, and Bonus Bosses Goth Metal Drake and Panthera Cantus. Good luck.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some reactions towards the iOS release fall under this, due to the revised partner system.
  • Uncanny Valley: The character designs for some of the younger characters (particularly the main cast) are pretty damn skinny (especially noticeable Shiki since she shows the most skin) compared to Nomura's other designs, which some people have noticed. When the cast makes a cameo appearance in Kingdom Hearts, it becomes especially noticeable (and again, Shiki still stands out) when you can compare Neku and Sora's physiques once they meet one another.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Oh, admit it. If there was no Voice Grunting, and if no one referred to her gender in-game, you'd think that Rhyme was a dude.
    • It's worse in the Japanese version, where she uses male personal pronouns. However, if you look hard enough, you can tell that she's female. Barely.
    • It's really not that Rhyme is unfeminine; if you know that she's female it's perfectly easy to see. It's just that a) they don't give you an indication of her gender until pretty late into the game and b) one is so used to seeing Bishōnen who look even girlier you just assume it's a boy.
    • She's also only twelve, so she could just be a late developer.
  • Wangst: Neku gets droves of it. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, because it shows how much he's changed at the end of the game.
  • The Woobie: All of the main characters have their moments of being this.
    • Shiki has self esteem issues (to the point she took on Eri's body in the Reaper Game, only to realise this made her feel worse) and feels very guilty over the fact that she's jealous of her best friend.
    • Beat accidentally got himself and his sister killed and is beating himself up about it, then tried to revive her by joining the Reapers only for Konishi to crush her Noise form. Plus he's The Unfavourite to Rhyme and constantly mocked by enemies (and sometimes other players) for being an idiot.
    • Rhyme dies three times. First when she and Beat are killed in a car accident, then when she performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save Beat from a Noise, then again when Konishi crushes her as a Noise. It's also implied that her payment for entering the game is all her hopes and dreams, and the secret reports claim that they'll be lost forever since she didn't make it to the end of the week.
    • Even Neku and Joshua can be seen as this. The former is implied in Another Day to be anti-social because he believes he got his friend killed since he asked the friend to come over and he was knocked over by a car as a result, and the latter is hinted in the secret ending at wanting to be friends with the other players, but being unable to.
  • Woolseyism: The game is just about made of them. Example given: Beat's rough, tough-guy speech patterns in Japanese were changed to Ebonics for the English version.

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