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  • Ear Worm: To save our mother Earth from any alien attack~
  • Narm Charm: Even in the latest main games like Earth Defense Force 5, you can bet that the cast will pack on the Ham and Cheese, take everything about as B-movie as humanly possible, and occasionally even begin Chewing the Scenery in just how absurd it all gets. It's so ingrained that games like Insect Armageddon and Iron Rain were criticized for trying to take itself too seriously, making the Narm Charm part of the franchise's very life and blood.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Giant bugs. Ants, spiders, ticks and other creepy crawlies. This series will not appeal to many entomophobics.
    • 4.1 takes it up a notch to feature giant spiders in long dark tunnels. You'll be pretty freaked out seeing their multi-eyed face pop up rushing at you.
  • Tear Jerker: 4.1's announcement trailer mostly focuses on the usual bombastic and lighthearted tone up until about the end, where one of the newscasters snaps from the strain of having to lie to the public about the true status of the EDF's fight. It's a Hopeless War that they have next to no chance of winning. Even his co-host is only trying to get him to stop because she's a Stepford Smiler. Even she thinks it's too late for humanity. As it turns out, a world where Humanity is locked in a Forever War with Giant Insects, Giant Robots, and Kaiju is a world that fucking sucks to live in.
    • Even the EDF's bombastic war chant takes a somber turn during the last verse, with the soldiers singing it taking on a much more tired and defeated tone.
      Call: Our forces have now dwindled and we pull back to regroup,
      Response: The enemy has multiplied and formed a massive group.
      Call: We'd better beat these bugs before we're all turned to soup.
      Response: The EDF deploys!

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