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  • Abandon Shipping: A former Foe Yay example are Farlon and Ramna, who were lovers before the latter's betrayal. Said Foe Yay example ended when Farlon's 7-Stars lore reveals he accidentally killed her in the end.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is the Summoner (You) truly a God-Mode Sue, or do your companions just blow out your reputation to save their own?
    • Sodis: Is he a Christ-like figure whose sacrifice was necessary for humanity's survival, or a very flawed human whose Stupid Sacrifice only made everything worse?
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    • The Unit Guide, Grand Gaia Chronicles Spin-Off manga, and the fandom cannot seem to decide whether Alyut was reluctant, angry, confused, overjoyed, or feeling all of them when he got promoted to being the Twelve Guardians' leader after Sodis' defection.
    • Lugina: Were his Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy tendencies genuine, or were they just a cover so that nobody would ever find out about his true identity and allegiance? The main story and his Grand Quest suggests that it's the former, but Bertz has more than once implied that it's the latter.
    • The Bariura Emperor: Does his journey to Vilanciel for slaying the ultimate weapon is for saving his people from God War or he just doesn't care about them at all.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Global Server players don't like Thunderbird and Eric much, mostly because of their Brave Bursts attacking random targets. Even after Thunderbird's 6-Stars form gave it an Area of Effect Super Brave Burst, the hatred still stuck. In Japan? They're still considered low-tier, but not as the butts of cruel jokes. Eric is even loved by Yaoi Fangirls due to his Ho Yay-tastic story and Bishōnen appearance.
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    • Farlon is noticeably more hated in the Global Server fandom because some find him killing off a portion of his own team completely unforgivable, especially when it all started from him trying to murder Sodis in revenge for his defeat. He's more a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds amongst Japanese Server players because after accidentally killing his girlfriend (Ramna), killing off the rest was his Despair Event Horizon moment. In addition to killing off Ramna, he angrily beheaded a little girl (Luly), slew a friend who protected another (Rina) and Mutual Killed a guy who wanted to stop him (Grybe). Oh, and he also blinded Signas in one eye.
    • The European version of the game. It became the source of hate and ridicule for both Global and Japanese players due to it changing a lot of the game's overall mechanics and gameplay on top of having different terms of execution, making it far worse than the other servers. Changes include the Mirror World gimmick and increased difficulty in Vortex Dungeons, which are comparable to insanely hard Trials.
      • European-exclusive units also became the source of hate and ridicule for the other servers since their release. Some of the worst offenders include Arthur (mostly due to his ability to doublecast Brave Bursts, which is outright game-breaking), Gazolina (converts REC into Shield ala Tridon), and some of the units in the new Zodiac batch (The worst offenders being Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, Scorpio and Leo. Which, respectively, are copy-and-paste versions of Michelle, Elimo, Shera, Elza, Zelnite and Sefia).
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  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Griel and Bordebegia, with the former having once been the Judge of the Gods and the latter being the Beast of Destruction. It helps that the latter also sacrificed itself to protect the former.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Most bosses can be easily beaten when you know their attack patterns, or when you happen to have extremely strong units in your squad.
  • Awesome Music: Brave Frontier is chock full of them. Case in point:
    • Warrior's Will, the song that plays during the Final Boss battle in the Grand Gaia Chronicles Quests.
    • Flash of Light, the Normal Battle music played during Raid Battles.
    • Imperial Capital Randall, the theme that plays in Randall and during certain cutscenes.
    • Promise, a piano remix of Imperial Capital Randall and plays during the cutscene after Lucius's defeat. It's very touching to hear, especially because Tilith chooses to relinquish her freedom in order to maintain control of the gate to Ishgria.
    • Home, another remix of the imperial capital theme.
    • Roaring Soul, The music from Strategy Zone trials.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • The entirety of the Soul Bound Saga units. Some praise them for their unique design, in both artwork and their battle effects, and their Rare Summon (Summon 10 times, get 1 guaranteed SBS unit) rate up model was praised for it's consistency of how they could be acquired by players. Others hated them for being considered a cash grab; the fact that you wouldn't be able to evolve them without their limited time Vortex material, how they tend to look, or be actually overpowered (mostly focusing on Ultor, Tridon and Hadaron) made it worse. Plus, their release timing looking like a form of Author's Saving Throw does not help. The limited evolution material issue however has since been fixed, as the Soul Bound Saga dungeons are now available every Thursday in the Vortex.
    • Just about everything regarding Zeruiah. From her somewhat game-breaking Super Brave Burst that some people have said rendered Zelnite and Shida's 7-Stars upgrades outclassed before release, to her limited time availability, to her entire existence hindering the previous Winter Glades Blitz units from getting their 7-Stars forms, and so on. What also doesn't really help that much is that she got an Omni Evolution too.
      • The reveal of the third-place winner of the Japanese Server's Omni Evolution Poll (Elza) quickly divided the fans into those who were happy for the result, and those who thought the third-place winner already had too much attention placed into her.
    • The 12 Guardians are considered this to many fans of Brave Frontier. Many people are split between them should getting a 7 Stars or not. Some of them support the idea of them getting an 7-Stars evolution due to their story is one of the main story in the game, Others were kind of sick and tired to see them getting an OE due to how lackluster/niches some of their skillsets are and it prevents some of their favorite units to get an OE in favor of the 12 Guardians itself.
  • Breakout Character: Elza, Elza, Elza. Originally an extremely popular Ensemble Dark Horse, she has since become the face of the game by appearing in no less than three collaborations, which is more than anyone else bar NPCs and Series Mascot Vargas. Then, she also gets her Omni Evolution, putting her usefulness even higher than her batchmates, who are all stuck as 6-Stars.
  • Broken Base:
    • Trial EX 3: Xie'Jing is mainly praised for the challenge and difficulty that many hadn't faced since Trial 003: Maxwell, as well as being Global-exclusive content that is also worthwhile experience. Her Trial itself also contains interesting gimmicks, such as the Bozdells' "Anarchic Detonations" (skills with the same name but with different effects), and that in order to cancel her "Depraved Punishment" attack, you have to kill Fei in that turn. Xie'Jing herself is also a very powerful unit that rivals other 7-Stars units. On the other hand, many would have to face the Trial's RNG of her "Blighted Harvest" attack, which is the main downer of it.
    • The fact that the Global Server got Avant's batch before Adel's batch. Was it a blatant cash grab for the game's Second Anniversary, or a smart move considering the niche uses of Adel's batch?
    • Challenge Arena: A fresh, new feature that gives something to do for players who have cleared all the current content, or a frustrating grind-fest? Also, is the Opponent First Strike rule as well as the number of units on your squad decreasing your total points earned really necessary?
    • The fact that the selections for Legacy Units who get Power Creep upgrades are equalled to Pandering to the Base. Parts of the fandom who like the less-loved units are not amused about the Ensemble Darkhorses that keeps getting all the attention. More notorious examples of this include:
      • The Global-exclusive Omni Evolution Poll, of which purpose is to just gather interest, quickly devolved into a voting war between the fans of Nyami, Zeruiah and Zenia because those fans thought the units they voted for will surely get their Omni Evolution form later. They did. And with Zenia winning first place, the fandom broke even further.
      • Interestingly, there's one case where the fanbase broke out because this rule was averted. Kira and Feeva, Darkhorses extraordinaire who were placed quite high in the Japanese Omni Evolution Poll, were put aside in favor of their batchmates Kanon and Tazer. And to add more salt into the wounds, it was subverted two months later as Kira and Feeva get their Omni Evolution anyway.
    • The announcement of Brave Frontier II as a separate game completely detached from Brave Frontier managed to break the fanbases of both the Global and Japanese Servers, to the point that the game's producer had to calm down everyone.
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  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • In Colosseum, expect Selena to appear in nearly every single squad you face, no matter what Phase be it Offensive or Defensive. She has an Angel Idol buff AND extra Hit Count through her Extra Skill provided you equip her with Lexida. Also, with the right Enhancement options, she can get a built-in Immunity towards Status Ailments on top of great BC Production, further increasing her usefulness. Finally, she's a free unit.
    • In Colosseum again, other units that have the capability to withstand attacks that would normally kill them are also commonly used in both Phases as well. Notorious examples include, but are not limited to: Ilm, Chloe, Erza, Xenon, every single one of the Vortex Arena units, and many more.
    • In battles that require survivability (such as GGCs, Trials, Strategy Zones, Frontier Rifts, and Guild Raid), units such as Elaina who have unconditional elemental mitigation along with high stats and BB/healing on hit are extremely useful. As of 2018, however, there aren't any go-to Leader units since most content is now based around element-specific teams, not to mention the different units to pick if you want to nuke or tank content.
    • Frontier Hunter farming teams nowadays have a variety of units to use, but the most infamous is Snow Priestess Miku. Her Leader Skill alone boost Spark and elemental damage, breaks the attack limit, and can raise units' attack by a whopping 120%. Her BB can clear status, fills the Overdrive gauge extremely quickly due to it's 10% boost, and boosts everyone's BB gauge by a massive amount simply by guarding every turn.
    • For a while, Zeis was regarded as essentially required to reach the highest tiers of Frontier Hunter scores, due to the fact that not only did her Leader Skill and kit do an exceptional amount of damage, the existence of fire nukers such as Rugahr and later Blaze and Natsu meant that no other team could match their damage output.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Douglas x Serin: Despite having no interaction in their lores at all, they were paired off sometimes due to their virtues of being formerly Spark King and Queen.
    • Same with Zelnite x Elza, which became popular due to both of them being the staples of BB Spam squads, and being the prime targets of Pandering to the Base.
    • Vanberk x Bargus, due to them being both DILF and (unfortunately) the least wanted units of their batch.
    • Thunderbird x Eric, for them being Tier-Induced Scrappies, mostly in the Global Server fandom.
  • Demonic Spiders: If you don't have a unit that can dispel and/or nullify Status Ailments or the proper Items that can get rid of said ailments, any boss or enemy unit that can Paralyze or Curse (or both) can become this.
    • A particularly nasty example of this was the "Frosty" enemy during the 2014 Christmas Event, who appeared in groups and would hit your entire squad with an attack that had a chance to Paralyze them - and if it managed to Paralyze every one of your units, you'll lose the ability to use healing Items and basically become unable to fight back.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Lunaris is either ignored or paired with Rina by those who ship Sodis and Alyut with each other or with Zephyr and Raydn.
    • Bertz is hated by those who ship Seria with either Lugina or Karl, all because of the things he said in Zamburg.
    • Many Kalon x Ilia shippers wish Ark to die because Ilia is "too good for him". Never mind that Kalon is dead and both Ark and Ilia are dying anyway.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Due to recent reveals, some players have been treating Melchio this way. Poor Melchio just misses its Master Reis, that's all! Nevermind the fact that Melchio destroyed its own world and terrorized Lizeria too!
    • There exists a portion of the fandom who tries to paint Shida in a much sympathetic light. Which usually means that he turned evil because someone abused him in the past.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Has own page here.
  • Fanon: Due to the ambiguous nature of the units' lores and lots of Cliffhangers. One popular theory amongst the fandom is that Narza is actually Alyut who went insane after killing Sodis, and that he specifically worships Maxwell.
    • Also, Ophelia being considered a Yaoi Fangirl.
    • It's popular to make Weiss, Shida, and Rashil Childhood Friends. Or at least, making the three having studied under Bran since their childhood.
    • Before it was confirmed as canon, it was commonly believed that the Zelban who taught Atro and the Zelban who followed Michele are one and the same.
    • Since what looks like Maria appears alongside Ark in the original title screen of the game, it's common amongst players (especially fan-artists) to base the appearance of the Oracle Maiden Ilia on her. This later becomes Ascended Fanon.
    • Shusui's Verbal Tic, in which he always introduces himself when he shows up, is commonly believed to be created because Raaga often forgot Shusui's name. Now that the truth behind Shusui's name is revealed, it was replaced by another headcanon about how Shura wants to make everyone knows that he and Hisui are meant to be by repeatedly saying their Portmanteau Couple Name.
    • There is also one regarding Melord, that he reached out to Kyle because he wanted to make friends for the first time in his life, now that Lucius had abandoned him.
    • There are some theories and speculations that Farzen is actually Colt when he grew older/in disguise due to their similarities with the artwork and their skillsets almost similar as them.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Kanon x Maxwell, BIG TIME. After the Six Pillars batch's release in the Japanese Server, the fandom got flooded by fanart of the two.
    • After his Heroic Sacrifice in Mildran, many players prefer to ship Kalon with Ilia.
    • Zelnite x Fizz is more popular than the supposedly official Zelnite x Rozalia, even in-universe due to this trope being the basis of Fizz's Omni Evolution form.
  • Flanderization: Since the units' lores are rather short and don't delve much into their personalities, most of the units receive this in the fandom. Notable targets include Eze (who becomes a full-blown He-Man Woman Hater), Aem (whose admiration towards Will borders into Yandere territory), and Shida (whose Mad Scientist tendencies are turned Up to Eleven For the Evulz).
    • Elza is now known as: 1) Alice's overprotective older sister, and 2) everyone's "scythe-wielding loli waifu".
    • Similarly, Colt is now defined as an annoying little brother with a sister-complex who claims Claire is the best at everything, and attacks anyone who think otherwise.
    • Nowadays, Kikuri can't go talking about anything without mentioning "blood" somewhere.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Luther and Douglas, with the former being the one who nearly killed the latter.
    • Mega and Stya probably defines this trope, as the latter attacked Uda in rage after he apparently wounded the former fatally.
    • Mare is very, very obsessed with Karl.
    • Sefia and Kikuri is considered the most popular Yuri Couple of the Brave Frontier community.
    • Seria reminds Mora of her old master Oguro so much that, despite being antagonistic towards the Summoner's group in general, she still makes exceptions towards her.
    • Jed is obsessed to truly defeat Cyan, as she always finds a way to escape from her defeats, which pisses him off.
    • Lafiel and Malbelle, two goddesses who fought endlessly to decide the future of their world's humanity. And when Lafiel travelled to Elgaia to stop Reihard from developing Mock Gods, she immediately sensed that Malbelle pulled the strings from behind the scenes.
    • In Grand Gaia Chronicles manga, Yuura looks very thrilled when he was fighting Fadahl.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Has its own page here.
  • Fridge Horror: Also has its own page here.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Grahdens' teasing Owen about the latter's love life suddenly becomes unfunny after Rayla, the only person Owen ever fell in love with, died protecting him and made him continuously blame himself for her death was introduced.
    • Shusui's Verbal Tic and Super-Persistent Predator tendencies might be funny, but once it's revealed that the loss of his friend Hisui was what made Shura to become "Shusui", one might feel bad for the guy.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • "Brave Burst Spam", "Critical Hit Spam", and "Normal Attack Nuke" squad archetypes. The first is designed as such so that all of your units can use their Brave Burst every turn. The second originated with Zebra's advent and is designed to spam critical hits by maxing out crit chance and damage. The third is relatively recent, and came due to the release of Savia and later units like Ceulfan, whose UBB adds an insanely high amount of extra hits to units' normal attacks and can easily bring a late-game boss down from 100% to 0%
    • Units like Felneus and Uda can also do this when combined with units with high Hit Counts like Douglas and Serin due to their Ares' Excelsior Leader Skills (which boosts the effect of Brave Crystals) and Super Brave Bursts (which increases the drop rates of said Brave Crystals).
    • Deemo and the Girl for "Spark Team" archetypes, because their Leader Skill, "Charm" (4-Stars) and "All Charm" (5-Stars), fills a unit's Brave Burst Gauge a bit every time you hit a Spark. So with high Hit Count units, such as Douglas, Elza, and Serin, and Deemo as your leader, you'll most likely see their BB Gauges fill up before they even get the Brave Crystals. Not to mention that their Brave Burst, "Friction" (4-Stars) and "Magnolia" (5-Stars) also boosts Spark Damage for all units for 3 turns. So you can potentially one shot some bosses with Deemo as your leader. Now that they've gotten their 6-Stars form, they somewhat got even more broken than they did.
    • Speaking of Douglas, he was a prominent example of this trope. When Douglas first got his 6-Stars form, he went from a terrible unit with a random hitting Brave Burst, into the first unit who had a 30-Hit, multi-target Super Brave Burst with 30 Drop Checks. Douglas also carried a 50% buff to Spark Damage on his Super Brave Burst, which, when combined with his BC Production and Sparking potential, turned him into one of the best offensive units in the entire game by a long shot. Douglas alongside Felneus proceeded to dominate every season of Frontier Hunter, and it's said that the best team at that time for every content except for Arena was a Felneus Leader coupled with a full team of Douglases. It was bad enough that he was one of few units who got hit by a nerf (which did not work as it intended), and was a subject of balance issues until Power Creep kicked in and units such as Luther and Elza, both of which are completely superior versions of Douglas, were introduced.
    • Many considered the Damage Mitigation units to be this thanks to their ability to significantly reduce the damage you take from your opponent. The existence of Damage Mitigation units pretty much renders everything but the absolute hardest content in the game to be a complete joke, at which point they become almost necessary for players to even have a chance of winning. With the growing pool of units that have damage mitigation in their leader skills as well, it's not very hard to reach levels of mitigation closing in on 100 percent.
    • Maxwell was usually considered THE best unit in the game during the 6-Stars era, having amazing stats, ridiculous Brave Crystal generations, and a fairly amazing set of Brave Bursts, including her Super Brave Burst which has a ridiculous damage multiplier and Hit Count. Even better, Maxwell has a Leader Skill that increases damage for both Critical and Elemental Weakness, on a multiplier that is fairly close to Zebra and Mare (both of which being considered units with broken Leader skills that are only being held back by their mediocre stats), practically turning it into by far, the best Leader Skill in the game. Of course, to acquire Maxwell, you need to have a squad that is strong enough to survive and beat the third Trial, which in itself is VERY difficult.
    • Hadaron's Super Brave Burst grants him a "Stealth" buff for two turns. For a few months before the ability was patched, if he was the only unit alive while he had Stealth active, the enemies wouldn't be able to attack at all. With the right setup, Hadaron was able to use his Super Brave Burst every other turn all by himself, maintaining Stealth indefinitely and rendering most fights trivial. (A few bosses have passive effects that can stop a solo Hadaron from filling the Super Brave Burst gauge consistently, but the notorious "Trial 003: Maxwell" is not one of them.)
    • Mifune's Omni Evolution effectively took the Arena meta like a piece of plywood, cracked it in two, jammed it into a jet turbine, and scattered its million pieces across the land of the dead. Then burned it just for good measure. With the highest natural ATK stat (Imps included) and an Enhancement that gives him a 20% chance to hit every unit on the opposing team for half damage (not that it matters with his ungodly ATK stat), fighting a team of Mifunes that survive your first turn is effectively a death sentence, and no amount of pseudo-Angel Idol buffs will help short of Juno-Seto; Omni Mifune's damage is high enough to One-Hit Kill the majority of units in the game. The worst part is that he's a common unit (you can get him as soon as you hit the Monster's Nest with a bit of luck, read: before beating the first world) Which, as you would expect, allows players to easily farm for him for other content or make a team of six of the things.
    • Zenia's Omni Evolution is similar to Mifune and sometimes leads teams of them in the arena. Her leader buff is only a 100% attack up to Mifune's 150%, but she has a more useful secondary effects such as a 40% HP up and adding extra normal attacks to her team. She also will have between 150% to 100% more attack due to her enchantments on top of her special sphere and EX skill cranking her even higher. While she can't hit the entire enemy team like her Mifune flunkies can, she will kill something with every turn and is somewhat harder to kill.
    • Knight of Holy Light Ark was one of the best all purpose leader units available. His leader ability buffs all stats by 50%, has a spark damage booster, a BC drop booster, and a passive 20% damage reduction when a certain amount of damage has been taken. On top of this he also possesses impressive personal stats, a powerful unique sphere, and a strong extra skill which guarantees he's likely the strongest unit on the field. His Burst attacks are also some of the most powerful and versatile around, especially when including some of the enhancement he can have. Needless to say he is a very common sight leading teams in raids or on friend lists.
    • Disnomian Emperor Shion. He had the fastest OD gauge fill rate buff of any unit, and with a 3 turn mtitigation UBB that boosts OD gauge even further, this unit is notable for it's infinite mitigation UBB if used correctly. It was so overpowered that Ushi even gave him an SSS. (max rating was SS)
      • Of course, with recent powercreep, Shion has actually fallen to the point where he's only considered decent, especially with Xenon's omni, which not only does more damage but has more utility, OD fill, and even mitigation piercing.
    • Savia's Omni Evolution did not look impressive at first, being a decent but not great unit that buffs ATK, DEF and offers BB on Spark that can be found on superior alternative, but its her SP enchanced UBB that make her horrendously overpowered. It increases ATK, DEF, a massive increase on OD fill rate, and increases the hitcount of normal attack for the squad. With Enchancement she gains an extra hitcount on top of a power increase for each hitcount, totalling into an effective power increase of 1000%. To put that into perspective, average power of a standard hitcount UBB during her release was 600%, which means Savia have almost double the power of the predecessor. On top of this, her UBB tier DEF buff allows a squad boosted by her UBB to further increases their offensive power by using DEF into ATK convert buff, which Savia can get through another SP enchancement. As a nice bonus, while OD fill rate is generally considered completely useless, its a different story with a much higher value, which allows you to use a follow up UBB after the first round of UBB. Savia is so ridiculous that every single hard content in the game used to have a working strategy built around her UBB, including contents that is explicitly designed to prevent any form of UBB usage from the get go.
    • Lunar Maiden Qiu-Tong is well worth any Gems a Summoner has to spend to get their mitts on her. She's a tank with glorious amounts of HP and can stall it out even more with her BB and SBB, which reduce incoming damage by half. However, her real value comes in her UBB, which nullifies all incoming elemental damage and shreds it down to one. This, combined with her Leader Skill, which restores a bit of HP and BB gauge, makes her work a bit like a reverse Rosa; she can let the team tank element damage that would normally destroy them all, and while the enemies are doing damage in the double digits at most, you can sponge up hits, fill up your BB gauge, use it to get more BC, go into Overdrive and repeat, while taking almost no damage, and what little damage you take is absorbed by the heart crystals and Qiu-Tong's leader skill. And even if one can't outright out-damage the boss, you can still outlast them, chipping away while taking almost no damage.
    • Fire and Water's Synergy effect, Steam, is perhaps the most broken out of all of them. It adds 5 Synergy Shards to your current count when their DBB is used, then goes on a cooldown. At higher bond levels, this effectively means you can fire off at least one Dual Brave Burst for free, or MORE than free, allowing another unit to unleash their DBB immediately after!
    • Galene would normally be one's standard heavy nuke unit. She's one of the few guaranteed an infinite stream of Super Brave Bursts, as her SBB refills the gauge upon use and gives Stealth, but that on its own isn't that special. What is it that makes her so powerful, then? Her Sphere, the Excelsior Chip. Assuming you took the time to craft its highest form, the Excelsior Chip MK-3, whenever the Glitch in the Heart dungeon reran, this Sphere boosts Galene's ATK by an absolutely insane 150%. While this may make one think that the Sphere itself is the broken one, Galene's Extra Skill is activated by this Sphere, so not just anybody can use it effectively. The Sphere doubles her Spark damage output, her Extra Skill gives her the ability to perform Spark Criticals and doubles her ATK again, and she Sparks with herself. Meaning? With the right secondary sphere, such as the common Occult Treasure or the Blighted Seal, she can cleave massive chunks of health off of even the heftiest of foes. She can even crack open Flamebound and Fireblight Revenants like nuts, or at least severely wound them, something that normally requires 4 people to do! She has a Dual Brave Burst with Vektor, and their Quagmire synergy pairs nicely with her Stealth and surprising tankiness, which is why you'll see so many of these face-meltingly powerful robots when raiding Raid Class 7 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or against the Specter.
    • As a whole the core mechanic of the game is extremely overpowered as time goes on, due to the multiplicative scaling of each factor on damage calculation. The damage formula of Brave Frontier can be summed up as Base Attack * BB Mod * Critical Modifier * Spark Modifier * Elemental Weakness Damage Modifier. Base Attack and BB mod become broken as unit's statistical score and buff value increases, at some point the cap of 99999 is easilly reached by units, which led into the introduction of Break ATK Cap increasing it to 130000. Critical Modifier have a maximum of 70% chance to proc at a stable 50% damage increase, which got broken once Critical oriented Leader skills are introduced that outright doubles the damage output. Spark Modifier was considered the most balanced for a long while, due to the instability of Sparking, resulting in a relatively higher power level of Spark Spheres alongside a modest Spark Leader skill. It got broken all the same once units reach higher level of damage with better animation are introduced, Spark based Leader, and built in increased Spark damage with high numbers become commonplace. Finally Elemental Weakness Damage Modifier was the most overpowered of the bunch, due to being all but guaranteed when done properly, and as the other mechanics, got broken when Elemental Weakness oriented Leader skills are introduced to the game. As a whole, the biggest difference between the older state of the game, with the later state of the game is the allowed potency of these mechanic by introducing hard content with built in resistances towards these mechanic. All of the mechanic works together in 6* era but it didn't become broken thanks to their lower value. With the current meta units, Spark, EWD and Crit are often found in one team or rarely in just one unit, allowing people to see the enjoyable sight of damage numbers in the trillions.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: There's a curiously huge amount of Global Server players who love using Dilma, mostly because of his Ignore Defense buff and his extremely high BC Production rate, not to mention his relationship with Lilith is hilarious. And, he's reportedly caused Stupid Sexy Flanders for male players.
    • Ciara has garnered enough popularity in the Japanese Server fandom to make Alim import her and Semira into the Japanese version of the game.
    • The European Server's exclusive unit llewxaM is adored by both Japanese and Global players because she's designed as a "good" version of Maxwell, who is already a fan-favorite herself. Her short skirt and general adorableness also helps.
  • Goddamned Bats: Unicorn and Pegasus have an incredibly long attack animation. The Paralysis effect they carry with their normal attacks can easily bring them to Demonic Spider tier. Basically, any unit that can Paralyze or Curse.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Lance Champion Vernil is a unit focused on status ailments. The problem? His status infliction wasn't coded properly, so on release, he was able to inflict the poison debuff on everything, even bosses that were supposed to have immunity to it. Since poison does 10% of a target's max health as damage every turn, even difficult bosses found themselves melting into sludge before he was quickly patched.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The character at the center of the original title screen was once thought to be Vargas in a different costume. He's actually the person who killed Vargas, as revealed at the end of the game's first story arc.
    • Hate Farlon all you want for killing a portion of his teammates, but Chapter 9 of Grand Gaia Chronicles reveals that he had been emotionally manipulated by Melord in secret to go berserk, and he's not the only victim of his spell - the negative emotions Alyut felt for his older brother also escalated beyond his control as well, leading to him killing Sodis.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Fire-type Revenant you fight to access the Specter is called the Pyreblight Revenant.
  • Ho Yay: Oh yes.
  • Incest Yay Shipping:
    • Some theorize that Elza's love to her sister Alice is more than just "sisterly love". It doesn't help that her name is just one letter away from Elsa.
    • As said in the Ho Yay section, all male members of Twelve Guardians adored Sodis to some extent, and that's including Sodis' brother Alyut. When Sodis betrayed the gods, Alyut even tried to reason with him before outside parties interfered. And Sodis let himself be killed by a brainwashed Alyut in order to break the spell on his brother.
    • Melina is very obsessed with her uncle Chrome, noting that he is "strong, kind, and handsome".
    • Colt worshipped his older twin Claire, saying that she's "the best" and attacks everyone who disagrees with him. One of the reasons why he dislikes Quaid so much is because Claire has a crush on him.
    • Vargas' reaction when he was informed that his father went missing and is presumed dead? Train harder and make him his inspiration. Avant's reaction when he was informed that Vargas is dead? Regain his memories, break down crying for three whole days, and use Vargas' Dandelga to slay off the gods until he dies too. Avant might be too attached to his son...
    • During both times Kalon on the brink of death, he muttered Aaron's name and lamented about their past relationships. Granted, the first time it was one of his clones' death, but since all of Kalon's clones share a Hive Mind, it still counts.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Shida has been paired with the most male, female, and genderless units due to his popularity and his overall presence in the lore.
    • On the other side of the story, the Summoner (You) has been paired with just about every NPC and summonable unit ever, no matter what gender he/she is.
    • And on the NPC's side, Seria is already paired with practically everyone in the main cast and Mora.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Of course, a gay fandom for this game exists, and they really adore Darvanshel, Avant, Bargus, Griff and so on.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Bertz "Klauser" Felker is an agent of the shadowy Abel Faction who masterfully persuades others by giving them information to target their emotional vulnerabilities, not even needing to lie by doing so. Seemingly working for his organization to stop the Summoner and their companions, Bertz in truth uses them for his own agenda. Stealing the core of a Divine Being the Abel Faction seeks, Bertz plans to use the power of the Divine Beings to save the world of Elgaia and put an end to his own nightmarish past.
    • Zamburg ruler, Cosmic Demon Amu-Yunos is an ancient, extra-dimensional being that seeks her own death to alleviate her boredom. Seeing the Summoner as a candidate for helping her end her own life, Amu-Yunos challenges them to defeat her lest she destroy Ishgria. When defeated by the Summoner, Amu-Yunos is thrilled at the excitement of death and helpfully warns the Summoner that they will have to fight another version of her. Amu-Yunos is also revealed to have made a pact with a young summoner whose comrades had been wiped out, allowing him the chance to change his destiny. Though Amu-Yunos simply seeks an entertaining end to her immortal existence, her charm and jovial nature made her to be one of the most compelling foes to be faced by the Summoner and their companions.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Luther. He's rocking that "Full Metal Cross".
    • The moment Will got his 7-Star form, he became this.
    • Tridon's Shield buff is said to be so broken, it can withstand literally everything.
      • Scratch that. The update to the shield mechanic nerfed it so that it only absorbed Do T, countered damage, and normal attack damage. Not to mention that Tridon is no longer the exclusive bearer of it, as the second batch of Vortex Arena units all have shields in their kit.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • The Thunderbird line, despite having a great improvement of the 5-Stars Zazabis stat-wise, is still labeled as the worst units ever and are the last ones people ever want to receive from the Rare Summon Gate. Then again, Zazabis wasn't grouped together with its lower counterparts in their receiving end of mockery.
      • Zazabis' 6-Stars evolution, Ardas, completely reverses this by making its BB and SBB Area of Effect attacks and having a 70% Spark Damage buff on its SBB.
    • Eric is another one due to even his Super Brave Burst hitting random enemies.
    • Will used to be one, especially in the Japanese Server fandom. Then his 7-Stars form arrived, and most of his detractors began to shill him.
  • Memetic Molester: Shida, Shida, Shida. He is a Mad Scientist whose experiments include human modifications, one of which resulted in the subject looking younger than he actually is. He also successfully seduced Zellha and made Themis label him as a "pervert". Vargas Chronicle even have some panels in which he's observing Vargas, Mifune, and Logan while making suggestive expressions.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Thunderbird line by itself turned into a popular meme, commonly seen in Rare Summon jokes.
    • Thunder Vortex Arena. explanation 
    • Server Errors and compensations in general have become jokes as well amongst the fandom.
    • There's now a growing trend of players claiming some of their units as their Waifus.
    • Raid when? explanation 
    • All Hail Ding Dong Sobida! explanation 
    • Salt Frontier explanation 
    • If even Luly could get her 7-Stars form, everyone can get one too! explanation 
    • Zedus is the Ultimate Spark God! No, Luther is! ZEDUS! LUTHER! (repeats until both sides stop) explanation 
    • "We're gradually letting players in. Please wait." explanation 
    • Zoom Zooom!! explanation 
    • When Keymaster Gilnea returns and Battle Maidens get their 6-Stars.explanation 
    • Kulyuk Chickenexplanation 
    • Bells and Staffexplanation 
    • EU units are a Jokeexplanation 
    • Get your 100% guaranteed Limited-Time Exclusives after 40 times of summoning!explanation 
    • Griff'dexplanation 
    • I Am War Demon Shusui, I Seek Stronger Opponentsexplanation 
  • Memetic Troll: The Thunderbird line for those without luck in the Rare Summon Gate, before it gained access to its 6-Stars form that doesn't do random target damage.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The warm synthesizer chord when your Brave Burst/Super Brave Burst meter fills to the brim, and the accompanying lights up to show it's ready to be used. Another candidate could be the deep, relief-flooding "bwoooshhhhhh" sound when finishing off a quest, particularly after you've beaten an extremely hard boss or Trial.
  • Narm:
    • Whenever Karl appears in Frontier Hunter's Terminus stages, he will always have a special skill named "Special Antidote" that only triggers whenever he's been inflicted with Poison. That Antidote you've made in the Justified Tutorial very early in the game must be a treasure for him if he still kept it after a very long time.
    • The non-English language options can make some of the terms sound narmy, even by that language's standards.
    • Eze's death was suicide by stabbing himself with Bathoota. Considering how huge Bathoota has become at the time of his death, one has to wonder how the hell he managed to pull it off.
    • In Fal Nerga, Karl's newly-shown demonic form makes him resemble a cat. Lampshaded by Paris and Seria who were unamused by the event, Seria even tells him it was too much build up for little pay off.
    • Inferno Swords Logan's translated Super Brave Burst name, Magical Coffin, managed to raise the eyebrows of some players. It sounds like it came straight from the Magical Girl genre.
  • Never Live It Down: If a unit has a particularly embarrassing or stupid moment in their lore or in Frontier Hunter, expect it to get turned into jokes. Examples include:
    • Arius and his Selena paintings.
    • Themis' shouting "PERVERT!" every time Shida is in her line of sight.
    • Orwen's fleeing from his country in which he's the Emperor of.
    • Reis and his self-recovery mechanism.
    • Weiss and other glasses-wearing units proclaiming the supremacy of glasses, and goggles by extension as well.
    • Colt and Alyut arguing to each other about who has the best older sibling, while said siblings either cheer them on or scold them.
    • Just a mention of Farlon killing a portion of his team including Ramna, and he's forever branded as the Twelve Guardians' Token Evil Teammate and a terrible boyfriend.
    • Rashil will never live down his peculiar obsession towards Lilith.
    • ORN39 members  and Ulkina's exclusion from the group despite her similar name to the group's members. Although, they did accept Ulkina eventually and surprisingly, Hogar too.
    • Karl and the Antidote from the tutorial.
    • Lafiel getting mistaken as a ball due to her attacking animations.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page here.
  • No Yay: According to some fans, Yuura taught Shida more than just necromancy and dark arts. The reason it's not a Ho Yay moment is because of the age gap between the two, leading to some Squicky implications and a Freudian Excuse for Shida.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • "Popular Units" Rate-Up is a special kind of Rate-Up which puts up to 25 Units who win special polls put by the community manager into an exclusive pool.
    • Those who were placed in the Overall Top 10 of 2015's Japanese Unit Popularity Poll got a Grand Quest portrait for the game's artbooks. In fact, Ivris' Grand Quest portrait originated from them.
    • Units who are selected to represent Brave Frontier in collaborations are usually the Six Heroes and various Ensemble Darkhorses.
    • The Japanese Server's occasional "Which Unit do you want to have [insert the strongest evolution tier at the time]" Polls. Although they are quite divisive due to the extremely predictable winners, to the dismay of the fans of the less-popular and less-useful Units.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: When the official wiki does not contain entries for the storyline or characters as NPC, you'll know how many people care about the storyline of Brave Frontier.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Several units were rescued from being unusable when they were allowed to evolve to their 7-Stars forms. Special mention goes to Edea and Elimo who both became full-fledged Damage Mitigators and a staple for many battles, bosses, and Trials.
    • Alice is two layered rescues. Her original sub-par but still nice [1] was redrawn into [2]. Her ability to convert REC to ATK was frowned upon at first, but then when Alim suddenly made her more viable with the release of 7-Stars Tridon and Deimos who can boost their squad's REC, all of a sudden she became a great ATK buffer that rivals Michele as well as becoming a reliable offensive healer.
    • A lot of units actually gone through this over time when their niche was discovered as time went by. A big example was Dilma, who used to be hated thanks to his low hit count, and the perceived uselessness of the Defense Ignore buff. It was soon proven wrong when data-mining showed that Dilma has MASSIVE BC production, and a bunch of hidden buffs on top of his absurd Healing Factor and damage potential. As a result, Dilma went on to become one of the longest lasting, and well loved unit during the 6-Stars era.
    • Hadaron was mostly known as the black sheep of the Soul Bound Saga unit batch, due to his Game-Breaking Bug potential for cheesing, extremely overpriced SBB, and buff timing issues. Following his 7-Stars form release however, alongside numerous fixes for his 6-Stars version, he saw a big increase in popularity thanks to his unique ability to deal obscene single target damage, and an expensive but affordable cost, alongside a nice synergy with other popular units like Ark and Zenia.
    • The moment Ciara and Semira received their 7-Stars evolutions was the moment that they were rescued.
    • Behemoth, previously regarded as a joke unit, received an Omni evolution and immediately turned into a Colosseum terror, due to his extremely damaging single-hit attacks that could outright ignore % HP Angel Idols and a selection of SP options dedicated solely to raising his attack as high as the game could possibly tolerate
  • Robo Ship:
    • Michele x Duel-GX kicked off when the Ten-Winged Tormentor Grand Quest was released. It was in this Grand Quest where Duel-GX was shown to be more than just a programmed robot, being able to first interact with Michelle and explaining its situation to her.
    • There is also Dilma x Lilith, which solidified after their batch's Grand Gaia Chronicles revealed that Lilith started to show signs of emotions after Dilma saved her from the gods.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Poor, poor Bran, for getting this treatment both in (by his alleged alumni) and out (mostly by Shida fans) universe. He is said to be a volatile old man who cares for nothing but sweets, often forced his students to eat cakes, and sometimes sexually assaulted them. He's like the Dumbledore of Brave Frontier on this matter.
    • Yuura is cited to be downright mean to Medina and/or abusive to Shida.
    • Balgran is always portrayed as a cold-blooded killer after it was revealed that he was the one who murdered Claire, Colt, and Fadahl..
    • According to some fans, Rashil wants to examine every parts of Lilith, and will resort to rape if necessary. His stalker-ish behavior early on and his status as The Friend Nobody Likes also helps fuel this interpretation of him.
    • Kalon is often portrayed as an abusive brother to Aaron who doesn't even know of his death.
    • Seria likes to abuse and kick the Summoner, both physically and mentally, as if she's in a permanent state of PMS.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Ciara and Semira were part of a notorious Halloween event that was largely considered little more than a blatant cash grab. Although there wasn't anything wrong with the units themselves, you were required to have one of them in your party in order to challenge the last level of the special Halloween dungeon - which was, of course, the one with the biggest reward. The two units could only be acquired by using the Rare Summon Gate, which costs five Gems for every summon and gives you a randomly selected (but rare) unit. The chances of either Ciara or Semira being the randomly chosen unit was fairly low, but if you used the Rare Summon Gate ten times during the event you'd be "gifted" one of them as a bonus. Gems cost $1 from the store and are given out very, very slowly during regular play; if you didn't happen to have hoarded all the Gems from a few months' worth of free play, you'd have to pay up to $50 in order to get your hands on either one of them.
      • To add insult to injury, when Ciara's and Semira's 6-Stars forms became available, their Brave Bursts and Super Brave Bursts had a damage modifier much, much lower than almost every other comparable 6-Stars units. After a few days and much whining from the disgruntled masses of Brave Frontier's players, this was eventually fixed via a patch.
      • In fact, the next time Alim made a Vortex Dungeon event that relates to a Global Exclusive Rare Summon batch like with the Soul Bound Saga units, they made it a point that you won't need the RS unit to even enter the Vortex Dungeon anymore, thereby showing just how badly this was thought through and done at the time.
      • However, the two's 7-Stars forms' release and the revamp of the Halloween Dungeon now rescued them from the scrappy heap.
    • Farlon is by far the most hated 7-Stars Legacy unit, if not 7-Stars in general. As a unit, he has the distinction of being a Glass Cannon with exceptionally low damage potential to the point that he's very close to being the weakest damage dealer amongst other 7-Stars units. In terms of lore, his lore is notable for being fairly disastrous: unlike the rest of the Loyalist Guardians, his motivation to join the faction was not so much his loyalty to the Gods, but more about revenge towards Sodis, and he killed off or severely wounded a lot of the other Guardians, which usually makes him be called as the villain of their batch.
    • Zeruiah, for the same blatant cash-grab reason as Ciara and Semira above, but even worse. To elaborate, she was only obtainable through the time-limited "Frosty Summon Gate", which only opens after summoning through the Divine Summon Gate five times, and there was still a chance that she wouldn't appear in the Frosty Summon Gate. She boasts a +12% boost to EXP earned on top of her Leader/Friend Skill, which is slightly better than what Zelnite's 7-Stars form ended up getting, and at that time only the Japanese-exclusive Haruto had that kind of Leader/Friend Skill too. Her Super Brave Burst is a 40 Hit Count, infinite Area of Effect attack that applies all six elements while boosting her squad's BC, HC, and Item Drop Rates. In short, her being Purposefully Overpowered is what set people off, especially for those who don't have her.
    • Zenia as an Omni Evolution is considered this to some Brave Frontier community when she was released for the first time. Due to the removal of her BB Attack buff and a very low spark damage compared to other Omnis. Her focus is really niche as a unit due to her hit count buff and her expensive skillsets doesn't help the matter. Many players are disappointed at best and infuriated at worst due to her lackluster skillset to the point that some people made a petition to make her a great unit. Subverted due to because of the backlash that Gumi received, They decided to listen to their playerbase and decided to change her skillsets that made her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap a little bit even if she's a bit niche
    • Of all the protagonists, Seria is the least liked of the crew.... Mainly because of her abrasive personality towards the summoner that turns the fans off and her being a stereotypical token tsundere doesn't help either.
    • Limlinate or Rimlynette from his own batch is one of the most least liked units prior to his release, mainly because his skills cover buffs that previously released Earth units already had, require a high BC cost to use, and can't attack at all. Remedied a little with some changes Gumi did, but still very subpar compared to his batchmates.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Brave Bursts that hits random targets are frowned upon for their unpredictability and are accordingly deemed unreliable. In fact, this is how some units received their Memetic Loser status.
      • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap now with units such as Sae, Persenet, and Ensa-Taya, whose random target attacks are extremely effective in Guild Raid and Colosseum at inflicting status ailments upon the opponent.
    • The Unit Types in general. So, you summon a meta-defining unit whose type is Oracle? Too bad! Abandon that unit and try to roll for an Anima or Breaker one!
      • Now regarded as a meme, since Oracle types had their debuff changed, and Omni units' stats often get so high no one cares about their type.
    • Recently, Time-Limited Rare Summon Gates for Purposefully Overpowered and/or Holiday Exclusives are being frowned upon.
    • The Colosseum's Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors Support Skills mechanic is often deemed unnecessary, adding more RNG on top of the already RNG-filled regular Arena.
    • The Fast Forward option, or to be more precise, the lack of required mechanics that would make it properly viable.
      • First of all, it is only available in Quests much to the relief of the players having to face Karna Masta but the 3x speed mode is not carried over in between runs, meaning that players who are fodder farming have to constantly tap their screen every 10-20 seconds like a rat in a skinner box. Not to mention, auto-runs will stop whenever your bag or unit space exceed maximum, turning it into an equivalent of an expressway with speed bumps and checkpoints.
      • Secondly, to avoid abuse of the 30-min Parade dungeons, it is not available in the Vortex at all. This becomes very problematic in holiday events and the Monday Karma dungeons where there are around 7 stages per run, turning farming for the materials into a time and battery sink. Combine that with the unit and item space limitation mentioned above and you have yourself an already slow and tedious grind fest that can get constantly interrupted, effectively sucking the fun out of the game. And that is not counting the more recent holiday event bosses...
    • Any of the content that was implemented by Gumi is considered to be this. Especially Guild Raid that is considered to be the worst offender of them all due to the fact that it looks unpolished or is still in beta system and has a lot of many bugs such as boss HP desync,the game kicks sometimes kick you out,so many bug exploits that got abused and so on.
  • Ship Mates: Many of the pairings can coexist nicely in the fandom due to the limited Ship Tease in their lores.
    • Six Heroes has Vargas x Lava, Selena x Arius/Lucina, Lance x Drevas, Eze x Emilia, Kuda x Atro, and Magress x Themis.
    • Cursed Fire Armor has Vishra x Logan, Dilma x Lilith, and Rashil x Reeze. Or the Ho Yay variant, Reeze x Lilith and Rashil x Dilma.
    • 12 Guardians has Sodis x Lunaris, Signas x Ophelia, Farlon x Ramna, and Raydn x Alyut. Alyut x Lunaris shippers also usually ship Sodis x Signas/Zephyr and Grybe x Ophelia as well.
    • Six Pillars has Kira x Feeva and Tazer x Tora.
    • Michele x Lodin and Zelban x Tiara. Or alternatively, Michele x Duel-GX and Lodin x Tiara.
    • Arus x Priscilla and Belfura x Shera.
    • Ark x Ilia usually goes with Ruby x Dion, Yuura x Medina, and Balgran x Rinon.
  • Ship Tease: There's a few of these in some units' flavor texts. They became less of a teasing as time passed on and more pairs of units were confirmed as Official Couples from the start.
    • Zeln/Nemia: Certain on Zeln's side, considering that his 4-Stars and 5-Stars forms' lores states that he focused on training himself to follow her.
    • Vargas/Lava: Small, but it's there. It's also a crossover with Foe Yay, considering that Lava defeated Vargas before she opened up to others, and in her 5-Stars form's lore it was stated that she "wanted a rematch with Vargas even more than a battle with the gods". Also, Vargas's 6-Stars forms' lore outright stated that the wings on his back were given to him by Lava. And then there's Lava dying in Vargas' arms after saving him from Tia and using all her energy fending off the next Disciple's (Phee) ambush.
    • Loch/Edea, at least one-sided, considering he chose to come out of his self-imposed exile to join her. Dean even shipped them and wondered why they didn't just hook up from the get-go.
    • Rashil/Reeze began as a Pair the Spares as they're the only ones in their batch who don't have explicit intimate connections with each other. Then their batch's Grand Gaia Chronicles was released, and it's revealed that Rashil does care for Reeze despite her ignorance and his obsession of Lilith. He even said her name more than anyone else's, and (in the Japanese version) dropped the honorific he uses for her once she's in danger of defeat by Vishra. And in Volume 3 for their GGC, both Rashil and Reeze must be killed in order to stop them from continuously reviving Lilith; wherein they're essentially acting as Lilith's over-protective parents.
    • Tazer/Tora: Tazer was the only Six Pillars who is nice to Tora from the start, and even protected her from Alpha and Kira. If Tazer is killed before Tora in Volume 3 of the Six Pillars' Grand Gaia Chronicles, Tora will react. It does help that both of them are the nicest among the Six Pillars, Tazer's quest for revenge and Tora's self-esteem issues notwithstanding.
    • Colt/Ivris: It was revealed in "The Correct Path" Grand Quest that Ivris likes to tease Colt and notes that it'd be lonely without Colt around.
    • Galant/Lancia is mostly hinted in Spin-Off manga, especially in Vargas Chronicle where they often teamed up to fight monsters, and Galant saving Lancia from debris in Chapter 7. In Haruto's Summoning Diary, Galant's pet Salamander is also shown to enjoy Lancia's cookings so much.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • The Sodis/Lunaris/Alyut Love Triangle has their own share of rivalries. And if either Signas, Zephyr, or Raydn enters the fray, chaos may ensue.
    • Yuura/Shida shippers and those who ship either of them with someone else doesn't go exactly well, either.
    • Lugina/Seria, Karl/Seria, and Lugina/Paris shippers notably avert this and are peaceful with each other... at least until Bertz showed up and teased all sides about it in the story.
    • Claire/Quaid, Claire/Colt, and Diana/Quaid all have a field day with this. Fadahl/Ivris generally averted this, until their corresponding Grand Quest which gave the Colt/Ivris Ship Tease strong winds to sail on.
    • While still small, there are people that prefer to ship Vargas with his daddy Avant than his Implied Love Interest Lava.
  • That One Attack:
    • Sir Sancus Xenon Lv 10's Area of Effect attack, "Soul Desecration", especially when he casts it thrice in a turn. That attack can and will most likely kill your entire squad if you're not making them Guard.
    • Dual Blade God Eru's "Necro Fusion"; A massive AoE attack that cannot be mitigated.
      • Really, any of the Elgaian Refugee Leaders' AoE attacks; Especially if you kill their partners beforehand. Sometimes they'll do it 3 times in a row, which can really take down your units if you're not careful.
    • Trial 003 Maxwell's "Endless". If a unit doesn't have 50% Damage Mitigation AND is not Guarding, they WILL die no matter what.
      • "Destiny" and "Meteor" can count as well; especially if she's buffed with "Sacred Song", which boosts her ATK, DEF and gives her an Ignore Defense buff.
    • Zevalhua's "Glorious", which will kill your squad unless you use Magress' UBB or deal enough damage within 3 turns to deactivate it.
    • "Empty Seal" is an attack used by most of the Ishgria Demon Lords. They all have somewhat different versions of the attack, but it's always the strongest attack they can hit you with and is pretty much guaranteed to leave your team in really bad shape if you can manage to survive it at all.
    • Nevsky's "Mysterious Light" in the Refugee Leaders' Grand Gaia Chronicles. It deals massive damage and wipes away every buff you've applied to your squad. And he uses it pretty often.
    • Every time Lugina appears in a Trial, expect him to have one of this in one way or another. In particular, his "Grand Hazard" is notorious for it's extreme amount of single target damage, and Lugina is the most common buffer of Ignore Defense, which, while a Tier-Induced Scrappy buff for the players, is an extremely dangerous buff for the enemy side due to the players' reliance on the buff.
  • That One Boss
    • Any time you're facing Phoenix and its later evolutionary forms. It constantly uses its Brave Burst, which lets it regenerates for a few turns before using it again. Unless you have Poison or Paralysis, it'll either be a long or impossible fight, depending on whether you can damage it more than it recovers its HP.
    • Miracle Totems when you're first trying to evolve some of your units into their 6-Star forms. Not only they can cast Brave Bursts of different elements, they also have a new move, "Chaos Trilogy", that can, together with using other attacks at once, even knock out 5-Star units!
    • Owen in Wulgee. He hits hard and can inflict Injury and Weakness. He can boost his own CRIT, ATK, DEF, and Hit Count. He can fully restore his own HP. His UBB empties all of your units' BB Gauges and reduces their HP to 1. And if you dare use Items during the battle, he will get infuriated and removes all the buffs on your squad before severely damaging them. And the catch to all of the above? He is the first fight in the region, and you're supposed to win.
    • As far as Raid Battles' Class 6 Missions goes, Mordlim holds the notion of being the most difficult Raid Battles boss due to not only because of her dealing so much damage, but also because of her defensive fighting style and frequent Damage Mitigation means that you will deal little to no damage against her. Oh, and she also deals damage to and removes the buffs on the highest HP unit every turn as long as her branch part is alive.
  • That One Level
    • Seria's Strategy Zone, Battle 001, is still notorious due to how often help requests for it still appear, despite many of the newer players have units that could easily steamroll it if they read the guides.
    • Heroes of a New Era is considered one of, if not the hardest Grand Gaia Chronicles available. Unless you have a team with great nukers, you'll have to slowly chip away at everyone's health. This gets especially annoying when you consider the following:
    • Strategy Zone X1, Xie'Jing, was regarded as this for quite a bit, because not only did she have attacks that could easily kill an entire team, there were bugs that sometimes messed up health thresholds as well
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Thunderbird and Great Falcon Ziz due to both their bad stats and Brave Bursts attacking random enemies instead of all of them. They are also flat-out scrappies as they can be randomly summoned from the Rare Summon Gate, especially when players expect far better units. Zazabis, on the other hand, gets the underrated treatment. Its stats are better than expected, so at least its usable on boss fights that are only one enemy.
      • And then Zazabis' 6-Stars form came along, and Summoners now regret selling/fusing its previous forms away because its SBB is now a 27 Hit Count Area of Effect attack and even provides a 70% boost to Spark Damage.
    • And among the ones normally obtained in-game, healing units are basically the inversion. Finkell and Legnaura are special mentions for being easier-to-obtain (though obviously inferior) versions of Gaia Tree Vertri and Immortal Phoenix Levarza, respectively.
    • Raydn is often seen as Alyut's and Sodis' side-grade with the Ignore Defense buff for mono-Water squads.
    • Part of the reason why Farlon is disliked is because his seven 7-Stars form is often seen as a bad unit thanks to his low damage output and mediocre buffset.
    • To an extent, many of the current Time-Limited exclusive units in any given server. Most of them are fairly good in one way or another, but they are resented instead since not everyone can have the luck, money, or have hoarded enough Gems to summon them.
    • While almost every Colosseum player knows to expect enemy teams to have plenty of Angel Idol units and more often than not a specialized leader, such as Blaze or Fionna, Erza Scarlet is by far the most dreaded. Not only does she pack two Angel Idols, her entire kit is focused around defense, defense, and more defense, her BB generates enough BC to instantly fill it up again, and if equipped with Yggdrasil Edict she literally cannot die. Here's a clip of Erza single handedly taking out another team. And here's her soloing the last boss in the game.
      • Convinced?
    • CRIT Damage based units are becoming this. The majority of late game content have several quirks that turns it useless with CRIT Damage only increasing an enemy's Immunity, but the hate for them mostly comes into play in Raid Battles where rare materials can only drop by destroying the boss' other parts first which tends to have anti-CRIT Damage measures compared to the boss' main body. As a result Raid Battles farmers dread seeing units with Leader Skills that increases CRIT Damage such as Griff, Avant, Nyami, Zedus, or Reis show up since they can and will usually one turn kill the boss, without killing their extra body parts for their valuable item drops before they do so.
      • By no means are Crit units dead, however. Crit, along with EWD, is one of the most important damage dealing tools in Guild Raid and Frontier Hunter.
    • Fadahl is often seen as, by far, the worst 7-Stars unit in the game due to his pretty lackluster kit as a Status Ailment inflictor. It comes to the point where he's the first from his batch to be permanently removed from any Popular Units Rate-Up Polls.
    • Of all the six elements, Earth is considered to be the worst one because a lot of the Earth units are geared towards support rather than offense powerhouse. Making them fall short in comparison to other elements.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Elza's NPC portrait for the Japanese-exclusive collaboration Grand Quest with Thousand Memories. When the portrait is used again for Bariura Royalties Grand Quest, the artist didn't bother to fix it.
    • Most European-exclusive artworks fall into this, usually due to their face.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Official flavor texts explicitly refer to Atro as male, but there are many who would insist that "he" is actually a "her", due to his androgynous appearance. The confusion was so bad, even the translator dubbed his 5-Stars name as "Goddess Atro" before the term was corrected in a recent version, and even then, it took further updates to correct all his mistakenly gendered terms.
    • There are also a lot of Cute Monster Girl units who are classified as Genderless Units, such as the Ramias and Fairies. The Other Wiki has to disclaim that they are classifying their genders based on their in-game data, as the result.
    • Estelle was mistaken as a boy by the community when her artworks were released. Her short hair, baggy pants, and lack of curves were cited to be the reasons.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Admit it. This is your reaction to some of your units who had their chances to use their Brave Bursts in The Arena or Colosseum, but didn't use them, leading to the opposing team wiping your team out entirely with theirs.
    • In Raid Battles, there are common occurrences of people bringing a CRIT-oriented squad to a mission where the target body parts that drop the rare materials are immune to Criticals. In particular, those who farm Mistzug, Nalda Delia, Balmedia, Estoreit, and Arkem are irritated by this idiotic behavior, as they are often denied the items and the ranking they should have gotten if it weren't for them.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After fanbase waited for around 3 years to see Tilith going on a beach vacation, Gumi finally gave her not only a beach vacation event for her, but also an Omni-base version of her in a swimsuit during the 7th Anniversary. The fact that she was the strongest Earth Nuker at the moment helped.
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