- Anvilicious: Racism and closed class systems? Bad.
- Awesome Music: The remix of the Knightblazer theme. It is somehow even more awesome than the original.
- Base-Breaking Character:
- Dean get a lot of criticism for being a Idiot Hero that appears to have been taken from some generic shonen anime. Him being too simple-minded and Oblivious to Love also annoys many players, but still there is fans that enjoy his optimist and determination, and consider him better than Jude Maverick.
- Chuck is also compared negatively to Arnaud from the previous game and criticized for losing Lucille to Fereydoon. However, those who are less critical of him says that he is a nice guy who just suffers for Late Character Syndrome.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the Desecrated Shrine, the gang suddenly come across an abandoned porn magazine that just happens to be there. Hilarity Ensues, and is never mentioned again. Not even when you find the Adult Mag Bonus Boss, which this was probably foreshadowing.
- Complete Monster: Kartikeya initially appears to be an average Psycho for Hire, but it's revealed later via flashbacks that he shot Greg's 5-year-old son Ted for trying to protect his mother, and his wife Mary for trying to protect Greg for no real reason other than it was a fun way to play with his new ARM. His reason for attacking Greg and then letting him live after murdering his family, again, was just for the fun of it.
- Die for Our Ship: Those who ship Dean with Avril/Rebecca hate the other girl for getting in the way.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Evil Is Sexy: Persephone. Although she isn't really that evil.
- Genius Bonus: There's an elephant Bonus Boss called "Chaugnar Faugn." It's actually a reference to an obscure Eldritch Abomination from the Cthulhu Mythos.
- Good Bad Translation: A French exclusive one. While the English translation was perfectly fine, the French translation was completely off. The translators included private jokes which were completely absent from the original script, affecting the personality of characters, and the overall mood of the game. While some of these changes are funny (Go Goldorak, GO !!! upon the discovery of the golem), some are crossing the line, like a NPC who says in a dialogue the slogan of the actual French president, Nicolas Sarkozy ("Work more in order to earn more"). A lot of French anglophones switched to the English translation because of that.
- Narm: While his voice actor does a good job most of the time, Nightburn's commercial.
- Nightmare Fuel: The use of the Darkness Tear.
- One True Threesome: Avril/Dean/Rebecca is extremely common in Fan Fic.
- The Scrappy:
- Kartikeya. While he also counts as a Hate Sink due to his Ax-Crazy personality and the many crimes he committed, many fans found the character to be too one dimensional, boring and uninteresting. His death was also quite pathetic and a big What an Idiot! moment: Kartikeya commits suicide, to prevents Greg from avenging his family, despite Greg saying that he would spare him just a few seconds ago.
- The Hatred is also disliked for being a Giant Space Flea Out Of Nowhere and a lazy excuse to justify Volsung actions. See They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: One of the best Wild ARMs games by far, but notable is the improvement of the HEX-system. Rather than having to choose, all characters can both move and perform an action during their turn (In Wild Arms 4, only Raquel could do this). Experience is also evened out and abundant. In addition, half of the characters don't have to be next to their targets to attack, with Rebecca and Greg being able to shoot anything in a straight line and Carol being able to shoot any HEX she wants.
- That One Boss: Several, but the Four Sentinels (Kartikeya especially) are among the most difficult each having an attack that deals insane amount of damage being downright One-Hit Kill. The fact they have means to counter their own weaknesses also doesn't help either. And to make matters worse, you immediately have to fight them again as a Duel Boss.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Hatred could have made for a horrifying Ultimate Evil or The Corruption, seeing as how it's basically Giygas with a mind! Sadly, it was only referenced a few times mid-game and is not seen again until the end.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: General consensus is that the ending is less interesting than it could have been on several accounts: explaining Avril's amnesia with "It was a Stable Time Loop" and Volsung's villainy with "He was possessed." Many were hoping for more intricate, complex answers to those questions, rather than explanations that can literally be summed up in one trope. There's also the fact that the ending leaves a lot of unanswered questions (such as the fates of Nightburn, Persephone, and Captain Bartholomew when they go to help fight the golems).
YMMV / Wild ARMs 5