History YMMV / TheFamiliarOfZero

28th Nov '16 8:40:05 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Saito an exaggerated form of an ExtremeDoormat that takes Louise's abuse because he loves her or is he a masochist that likes it? The author himself doesn't believe either.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Saito an exaggerated form of an ExtremeDoormat that takes Louise's abuse because he loves her or is he a masochist that likes it? The author himself doesn't believe either.
28th Aug '16 2:26:42 PM king2000
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* DesignatedHero: Louise herself. At least in the beginning.

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* DesignatedHero: Louise herself. At least in the beginning.Louise. Sure, she can be heroic at times, but she still constantly abuses Saito for little to no reason, making it almost impossible for most to root for her.
20th Aug '16 10:07:06 AM Dechstreme
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** Saito, because of the abuse heaped upon him by Louise. Hell, even the other familiars feel sorry for Saito, and see his treatment as both a familiar and a human as horrible.

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** Saito, because of the abuse heaped upon him by Louise. Hell, even the other familiars feel sorry for Saito, and see his treatment as both a familiar and a human as horrible. Unfortunately, he can also be callous and cruel in his own right in response to his treatment, which can kill any sympathy for him.



** Louise is this or JerkassWoobie in the light novels if you can look past her treatment of Saito. She has a HUGE insecurity complex, a horrible school life, and her treatment at home is only better because of one of her elder sisters. Her mother and father aren't any help. Oh, and did we mention that due to the ruling class and magic potential being so intertwined in the setting in most of Halkeginia, that means that her entire SOCIETY also essentially viewed her as a complete failure? Then there is the little detail that magic power is also heavily entwined with their religion. If the series were any darker, it wouldn't be out of place for Louise to ponder some time if her troubles with magic were because she was rejected by God, [[DrivenToSuicide and possibly kill herself out of despair.]]

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** Louise is this or JerkassWoobie in the light novels if you can look past her treatment of Saito. She has a HUGE insecurity complex, a horrible school life, and her treatment at home is only better because of one of her elder sisters. The other sister is an abusive bully that torments Louise over little things like not calling her 'Big Sister Eleanor' and is ALWAYS pinching her cheeks when she wants Louise to go along with what she wants. Her mother and father aren't any help.help, being very strict and rather emotionally distant by modern standards, thinking that getting their youngest daughter married off for her own good is more important than ensuring she feels accepted and supported by her family. It's not an exaggeration that she seems to get more warmth from Saito's sword, Derflinger, than most of her own family. Oh, and did we mention that due to the ruling class and magic potential being so intertwined in the setting in most of Halkeginia, that means that her entire SOCIETY also essentially viewed her as a complete failure? Then there is the little detail that magic power is also heavily entwined with their religion. If the series were any darker, it wouldn't be out of place for Louise to ponder some time if her troubles with magic were because she was rejected by God, [[DrivenToSuicide and possibly kill herself out of despair.]]
16th Aug '16 9:21:01 AM Red-Dead-Redeemer
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* BaseBreaker: Louise and Saito ''both'' qualify, depending on who you ask. Louise has the DomesticAbuse angle and Saito gets the WishFulfillment angle that Light Novel heroes often get.

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* BaseBreaker: BaseBreakingCharacter: Louise and Saito ''both'' qualify, depending on who you ask. Louise has the DomesticAbuse angle and Saito gets the WishFulfillment angle that Light Novel heroes often get.



* ColbertBump: The series saw a ''huge'' upswing in popularity on the [[{{Spacebattles}} Spacebattles]] Creative Writing board after ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'' showed up on the Fanfiction Recommendations thread. Prior to that, it had been an almost complete unknown in the community; now SB is effectively the epicenter of the [=ZnT=] fanfiction community.

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* ColbertBump: The series saw a ''huge'' upswing in popularity on the [[{{Spacebattles}} Spacebattles]] {{Spacebattles}} Creative Writing board after ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'' showed up on the Fanfiction Recommendations thread. Prior to that, it had been an almost complete unknown in the community; now SB is effectively the epicenter of the [=ZnT=] fanfiction community.



** Tabitha, [[http://www.mangago.com/mangago/zero_no_tsukaima/v03/c016/24.aspx as seen here]]. To quote someone from animeblogger:

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** Tabitha, [[http://www.mangago.com/mangago/zero_no_tsukaima/v03/c016/24.aspx as seen here]]. To Tabitha; to quote someone from animeblogger:
14th Aug '16 2:43:38 AM king2000
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* DesignatedHero: Louise herself. Atleast in the beginning.

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* DesignatedHero: Louise herself. Atleast At least in the beginning.
14th Aug '16 2:43:23 AM king2000
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* DesignatedHero: Louise herself. Atleast in the beginning.
10th Aug '16 9:31:18 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** It's possibly to view him as one step above a protagonist in a Pick Your Own Adventure type stories, as he's kept with little characterization so that the intended audience, male Japanese high school students, can put themselves in his shoes. This is apparently something of a thing with a good many Harem Light Novels.
* AngstWhatAngst: {{Deconstructed}} but not at first glance. [[spoiler:It is only when the brainwashing effect of the summoning contract starting to wear off when Saito's {{Angst}} begins.]]

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** It's possibly to view him as one step above a protagonist in a Pick Your Own Adventure type stories, as he's kept with little characterization so that the intended audience, male Japanese high school students, can put themselves in his shoes. This is apparently something of a thing with a good many Harem Light Novels.
* AngstWhatAngst: {{Deconstructed}} {{Reconstructed}} but not at first glance. [[spoiler:It [[spoiler: It appears as though Saito doesn't have any angst about basically being kidnapped and enslaved but that is only when because part of the familiar contract is brainwashing effect of that suppresses it. When the summoning contract starting to wear off when Saito's {{Angst}} begins.is temporarily gone, the angst comes in.]]



* BetterThanCanon: Has a lot of {{Fix Fic}}s due to the TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot below that replace Saito with characters from [[CrossOver other stories]], or more relatable versions of him. [[FanficRecs/TheFamiliarofZero We have a compendium here]].

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* BetterThanCanon: Has a lot of {{Fix Fic}}s due to the TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot below that replace Saito with characters from [[CrossOver other stories]], or more relatable different versions of him. [[FanficRecs/TheFamiliarofZero We have a compendium here]].



** Louise's scrappiness is often watered down or removed entirely in fanfiction. It was done first by ''FanFic/TheHillOfSwords'' and then by [[FollowTheLeader about a good number of all [=ZnT=] fanfics that came after it]]. In most cases, it's due to her having to deal with a character that isn't a lecherous doormat and actually stands up to her, so her violent tsundere behavior won't fly.

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** Louise's scrappiness is often watered down or removed entirely in fanfiction. It was done first by ''FanFic/TheHillOfSwords'' and then by [[FollowTheLeader about a good number of all [=ZnT=] fanfics that came after it]]. In most cases, it's due to her having to deal with a character that isn't a lecherous doormat and actually stands up to her, so her violent tsundere behavior won't fly.



** JerkassWoobie: Louise in the light novels if you can look past her treatment of Saito. She has a HUGE insecurity complex, a horrible school life, and her treatment at home is only better because of one of her elder sisters. Her mother and father aren't much help. Oh, and did we mention that due to the ruling class and magic potential being so intertwined in the setting in most of Halkeginia, that means that her entire SOCIETY also essentially viewed her as a complete failure? And then there is the little detail that magic power is also heavily entwined with their religion. If the series were any darker, it wouldn't be out of place for Louise to ponder some time if her troubles with magic were because she was rejected by God. [[DrivenToSuicide And possibly kill herself out of despair.]]

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** JerkassWoobie: Louise is this or JerkassWoobie in the light novels if you can look past her treatment of Saito. She has a HUGE insecurity complex, a horrible school life, and her treatment at home is only better because of one of her elder sisters. Her mother and father aren't much any help. Oh, and did we mention that due to the ruling class and magic potential being so intertwined in the setting in most of Halkeginia, that means that her entire SOCIETY also essentially viewed her as a complete failure? And then Then there is the little detail that magic power is also heavily entwined with their religion. If the series were any darker, it wouldn't be out of place for Louise to ponder some time if her troubles with magic were because she was rejected by God. God, [[DrivenToSuicide And and possibly kill herself out of despair.]]
9th Aug '16 2:14:13 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TheyJustDidntCare: Even though the first season was dubbed, and despite Creator/CristinaValenzuela stating on Twitter that she expressed interest in reprising Louise, Creator/SentaiFilmworks released Seasons 2-4 sub-only, lacking an English dub, rather than dubbing it in-house at Seraphim Digital, like what Creator/{{FUNimation}} did when it dubbed ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''
7th Aug '16 4:45:24 PM Dechstreme
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** The series as a whole often comes under fire for having a terrific premise, and absolutely terrible execution - mostly due to the [[HaremGenre Harem antics]] centered on a boring OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent everyguy.

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** The series as a whole often comes under fire for having a terrific premise, and absolutely terrible execution - mostly due to the focus being on the [[HaremGenre Harem antics]] centered on a boring OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent everyguy.everyguy. All the things people like about it are just the window dressing.



** JerkassWoobie: Louise in the light novels if you can look past her treatment of Saito. She has a HUGE insecurity complex, a horrible school life, and her treatment at home is only better because of one of her elder sisters. Her mother and father aren't much help. Oh, and did we mention that due to the ruling class and magic potential being so intertwined in the setting in most of Halkeginia, that means that her entire SOCIETY also essentially viewed her as a complete failure?

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** JerkassWoobie: Louise in the light novels if you can look past her treatment of Saito. She has a HUGE insecurity complex, a horrible school life, and her treatment at home is only better because of one of her elder sisters. Her mother and father aren't much help. Oh, and did we mention that due to the ruling class and magic potential being so intertwined in the setting in most of Halkeginia, that means that her entire SOCIETY also essentially viewed her as a complete failure?failure? And then there is the little detail that magic power is also heavily entwined with their religion. If the series were any darker, it wouldn't be out of place for Louise to ponder some time if her troubles with magic were because she was rejected by God. [[DrivenToSuicide And possibly kill herself out of despair.]]
7th Aug '16 4:40:05 PM Dechstreme
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* DesignatedHero: Louise herself. Sure, she supposedly cares about saito and loves him, but she's still an abusive bully.
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