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  • Accidental Innuendo: In the stage Yellow Turban Rebellion for 5, if you defeated Zhang Bao or Zhang Liang and let Zhang Man Cheng alive for a while, there will be this exchange:
    Zhang Jiao: "Zhang Man Chengggggg... receive the power!"
    Zhang Man Cheng: "Oooohhh.... I feel the power in my own hands."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Zuo Ci actually some sort of divine being who truly believes in Liu Bei's cause, a trickster whom Liu Bei (or some other warlord who wanted to frame Liu Bei) hired to spread rumors and weaken Wei forces from the inside or, as Xiahou Dun surmises, a merely deluded hermit?
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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Due to the Wide Open Sandbox feature in Dynasty Warriors 9, Lu Bu is derided into this. Since players are allowed to level up as freely as they want until they approach Hulao Gate, this generally renders Lu Bu underleveled and easy to defeat for most players, not to mention his boss-exclusive "Hyper Mode" does nothing against a fully charged unblockable attack, nor is Lu Bu's AI play as strong for this game compared to prior installments. Even by increasing the difficulty via sneaking past Lu Bu and defeating Diaochan first, thus triggering his Hyper Mode, only makes him slightly stronger. It seems players can pursue Lu Bu all they want in this game, after all.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Zuo Ci returning in Dynasty Warriors 8 made some fans happy since his absence post-Dynasty Warriors 5, but others felt he took a roster spot away from more deserving historical characters in the "Others" category and should have been relegated to Spin-Off Crossover series Warriors Orochi, given the majority of "mystical" characters in that setting. On the other hand, Zuo Ci did appear for part of the source novel, and his mystical status against Fu Xi and Nuwa are debatable, since the latter two were recreated specifically for the Crossover. His characterization is another case - some are fine with the way he's portrayed, but others believe the developers have no idea on how to effectively use him as part of the story, seeing him as nothing more than a Liu Bei supporter who unnecessarily Trolls Cao Cao, despite the latter being less of a Card-Carrying Villain since Dynasty Warriors 7, making Zuo Ci wasted potential.
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  • Character Rerailment: Starting with Dynasty Warriors 6, Yuan Shao was made more characteristically and visually foppish and pompous, an egregious Flanderization of his Blue Blood status; it didn't sit well with fans. For Dynasty Warriors 9, Koei Tecmo reverted him back to his pre-6 personality - while still pompous, Shao retains an air of bravery and nobility. Most likely because in 9, they have his half-brother Yuan Shu to take the majority of Shao's old foppish and pompous traits.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Of the majority of women from Android Trading Card Game Spin-Off Dynasty Warriors Blast, Dong Bai led the pack, despite almost no historical relevance or mention from the novels. However, awareness of her increased when it became known she was Dong Zhuo's granddaughter, ultimately culminating with her debut in Dynasty Warriors 9. When her DLC was released, many players enjoyed her storyline and her Musou attacks.
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  • Foe Yay Shipping: Dong Bai has No Sense of Personal Space moment towards Diaochan, as seen here. Doubles as Les Yay.
  • Fountain of Memes: Zhang Jiao and, to the lesser extend, his brothers Bao and Liang utter a lot of hammy lines which are very memorable ever since their hilarious English voice performances in DW3. Even if voice acting got better after 3, Zhang Jiao is always set to have a hilarious hammy voice acting style courtesy of Doug Stone until 9, which adds further to his charm and make him spout out even more memes.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Of the entire Dynasty Warriors roster, Lu Bu - in Japan, he's at around 21st place in the official popularity polls, but the West consider him to be the most recognizable character of the franchise (moreso than Series Mascot Zhao Yun) and easily in the top five. The developers took notice, even granted him his own Story Mode again in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends.
  • Memetic Badass
    • Lu Bu: there's a reason why Yuan Shao at the "Battle of Hulao Gate" for Dynasty Warriors 3 enforces the phrase "Do not pursue Lu Bu". When players see him on the battlefield, they'll quickly learn why he's feared by all.
      • This gets crazier in Dynasty Warriors 6, where in his version of his "defining" Battle at Hulao Gate, he takes on just about everyone else in the game and wins (provided players complete the stage, of course). Hell, Dong Zhuo and Zhang Jiao come Back from the Dead and the leaders of the three kingdoms (Cao Cao, Liu Bei, Sun Quan) pull an Enemy Mine (complete with crossing swords in The Three Musketeers-style), just to fight him!
    • Zhang Bao (not Zhang Fei's son who shares the same name), due to all players feeling the power of his MAAGGGEEECC!
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Dong Bai. Her Elegant Gothic Lolita getup, Alpha Bitch persona, intimidating aura, and her ground musou attacks which consists of tying her opponent with the chain and drag them to their knees before she flips them off the air. Meanwhile, her aerial Musou attack has her landing the metal ball on her opponent's abdomen and stomps them with it. In a cutscene after defeating Diaochan, instead of immediately killing her, she takes a sweet time pinching the older maiden's chin while wondering how she's going to kill her, implying she's a Torture Technician as well. In her ending, she has Cao Cao, Lu Bu, Zhang Liao, Yuan Shao and Yuan Shu on their knees and forces them to bow at her feet. The fact that it turns out to be a dream doesn't help as it accidentally looks comparable to Erotic Dream.
    • Her grandfather, Dong Zhuo, is way ahead of her. He lusts Diaochan and wants to build his own paradise of women as seen in the Warriors Orochi games. He also has a bunch of grab attacks but the most provocative grab attack is his second ground Musou in 8 where he grabs his opponent from behind, hoist them over his head and did some sort of an Ass Shove which got their opponent flinching in pain.
  • Narm Charm: The rule of thumb is that up until 9, if Zhang Jiao isn't overacting with silly hammy voice acting, he's just... not the same.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Lu Lingqi in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends - despite being heavily marketed in the expansion, she only appears in the second half of Lu Bu's historical campaign, and wasn't present in the hypothetical route. The creators expressed some difficulty at writing her interactions with Diaochan, but it seemed they solved the problem entirely by completely avoiding it, even giving it a Handwave in 9, where Diaochan leaves right after Dong Zhuo is assassinated, the implication that after Lu Bu parted ways with Diaochan, Lingqi came to the proper age to go out there and fight, thus the two never truly met. This was also explored in Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers where both of them can meet and had dialogue together, but things got awkward and complicated between the two. In Warriors Orochi 4, the two women never interact at all mainly because by the time Orochi's world was rebuilt by Zeus, Lu Bu has already formed his faction with his daughter and Chen Gong while Diaochan is with Dong Zhuo and can be recruited via side mission.


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