YMMV / Zero no Kiseki

  • Anticlimax Boss:
    • In Zero the second fight with Garcia (as opposed to the rather harder first fight where he's a straight Climax Boss) who is alone and vulnerable to both debuffing and AT Delay, at a time when you have multiple spammable attacks that inflict that status. It Makes Sense in Context as Garcia was fighting against the effects of the Gnosis he was given
    • Final boss Joachim, at least by comparison to all the other final bosses in the series. The fact that he has a Post-Final Boss segment after you beat him up fairly just adds to the humiliation.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Has its own page here.
  • Fridge Horror: Sigmund is so terrifyingly powerful that the characters themselves ask if he's really human. He's the second-in-command of Red Constellation, his brother Baldur is even stronger... or was stronger, before he died offscreen as foreshadowed in The 3rd, never appearing in person.
  • Game-Breaker: See the page here for details.
  • Ho Yay:
  • It Was His Sled: Due to XSeed being forced to skip this duology in favour of Cold Steel due to reasons stated under No Export for You and the fact that the Sen/Cold Steel and Zero arcs take place concurrently narrative-wise to prevent Continuity Lockout for the newer players, many major spoilers from this arc are pretty much common knowledge for the West by the time the third Cold Steel entry debuted in late September 2017. As you know, the Zero/Ao saga debuted in 2010-2011, which is around the same time the first game in the series came out in the West.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Lloyd. There's a reason why he's nicknamed as "Capture King Lloyd".
  • Memetic Mutation: If a female character is from Crossbell and has big boobs, then fans claim that it's because of "Crossbell water."
  • Moe: If you don't want to give KeA a hug, there's probably something wrong with you. Pick pretty much any list of moe traits and KeA probably hits all of them. The cast agrees.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Shirley crossed it when she shoots up a crowded theater and drops a massive chandelier on Ilya, for the sole purpose of removing any 'distractions' (like friends or a life) that would keep Rixia from fighting her.
    • Ian crossed it when he killed Guy.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • You ever wonder why Renne and Tio have gold eyes? By the end of the game, you'll wish you'd never have found out.
    • What happened to the people of Crossbell who didn't have a chance to escape the barrier? And worse yet, Ouroboros was watching.
    • Worth mentioning are also the effects of Gnosis and it's overdose. The best examples are what happens to Joachim and Ernest, who turn into horrifying demonic creatures. Unlike Joachim however, Ernest survives.
  • Shocking Swerve: The revelation that Ian is evil borders between brilliant and this.
  • That One Attack: Urahayate, Arios' attack which not only has a huge area of effect and does nasty damage but also cancel any buffs you happened to have up at the time and it hits twice so it can take down a 200 CP Zero Field on its own. It's not even his S-Craft.
  • That One Boss:
    • Arianrhod, just like her student. What makes this fight especially fun is that If you look at the statistics, you'll assume it's another boss you don't actually have to beat to progress the story. It turns out that you do actually have to drop the boss down to 50% HP before your defeat will let you progress the plot. You're at a disadvantage of 25-30 levels, fighting a boss immune to all status conditions and debuffs and who has an S-Craft that is instant death. Reaching the minimum victory condition is difficult enough, actually winning for the DP bonus and EXP reward requires a very specific strategy, a lot of preparation and some luck.
    • Campanella, thanks to his mix of tricky abilities and his love of Teleport Spam.
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