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->''"There is one Earth! If it splits in half, there'll be two! All mankind is scum -- and bee-yoo-ti-ful!"''
-->--'''Excel'''

{{Anime}}'s answer to [[MindScrew surrealism and Dada art]].

Having nothing to do with Microsoft Excel (although the software makes a brief appearance in Episode 5), ''Quack Experimental Anime Excel Saga'' (''エクセル・サーガ, Ekuseru Saaga'') tells the story of recent high school graduate Excel Excel. She's a [[TheDitz small-brained]] but highly energetic GenkiGirl who finds her ideal job serving as a minion to the mysterious Lord Il Palazzo, leader of the subversive yet ineffective fascist organization ACROSS.

As she undertakes missions intended to unravel the fabric of [[UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} Japanese]] society so that ACROSS can step in and take over, Excel pines for her impressively {{bishonen}}, and impressively eccentric, boss Il Palazzo, who spends most of his time when his minions are out on missions [[OrcusOnHisThrone sitting around his headquarters]] [[VillainsOutShopping playing dating sims or practicing on his guitar]]. Il Palazzo, on the other hand, views Excel as a necessary annoyance who is to be killed as required, or at least dropped through a TrapDoor into an oubliette, when she gets out of hand. If it weren't for the frequent interventions of the [[DeusExMachina Great Will of the Macrocosm]], Il Palazzo would be going through minions like Kleenex.

Excel's partner is Hyatt, a frail, beautiful alien girl given to bouts of coughing up horribly poisonous blood and frequent, brief attacks of death. Together with their dog/backup meal source Menchi, Excel blasts her way though a series of adventures with gleeful incompetence and a hysterically rapidfire stream of dialogue that makes, at best, only minimal sense.

At the same time, a city official, the mysterious Kabapu, has hired Excel's next door neighbors to form a counter-insurgency team that will inevitably come into conflict with the forces of ACROSS. Meanwhile, on yet a third plot thread, immigrant laborer Pedro, who dreams of earning enough money to leave Japan and return to his young son and sexy wife, dies in a terrible construction accident caused by Excel. He must now roam the world alone as a ghost, at least until the Great Will of the Macrocosm encounters him and decides he's cute. Interleaved into all three plotlines and running along on a fourth one of its own are the adventures of [[Creator/ShinichiWatanabe Nabeshin]], the MartyStu / ParodySue and [[AuthorAvatar self-insert character]] of director Creator/ShinichiWatanabe, who can best be described as Shaft reincarnated as an Asian guy wearing a ''Franchise/LupinIII'' costume.

The series, which ran from October 1999 to March 2000, is adapted from the original manga by Creator/RikdoKoshi, but only ''very'' loosely; this is actually the core gag of the anime, with pre-title sequences that feature Rikdo giving, or being violently coerced into giving, his permission for his creation to be warped, twisted and re-imagined into a completely different genre every episode. As a result, each episode it dedicated to skewering a particular genre of anime or manga, [[DeconstructorFleet inverting and demolishing its cliches and conventions]] while leaving behind a trail of sight gags, puns and the just plain bizarre. Incredibly, it manages to tell something approaching a coherent storyline at the same time. Hilariously funny and at the same time mind-warpingly strange. As one member of the fan community has said: "''Excel Saga'' -- when crack is not enough."

A lot of the jokes and sight gags are ''very'' Japanese puns that [[LostInTranslation only the Japanese would get]]. To the rest of the world, it's just plain random. Then again, [[WidgetSeries the series is just plain random]].

'''This page is for tropes that apply to the anime only.''' For the original manga, check [[Manga/ExcelSaga here]].
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!!The ''Excel Saga'' {{anime}} provides examples of:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: A frequent trait of Excel's, who can spin her head 360 degrees multiple times.
* AbsenteeActor: Pedro does not appear in episode 15. Il Palazzo does not appear in episode 18 (only a crude drawing of him by Excel.)
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: [[LampshadeHanging "Wow, I never knew sewer tunnels were so wide and spacious."]]
* TheAbridgedSeries: ''[[WebVideo/ExcelSagaAbridged Excel Saga Abridged]]'', as if the original wasn't absurd enough.
** The show actually does it to itself a couple of times during the ClipShow! "One minute Excel Saga" basically reshows the start of episode 1 only doesn't reset when Excel dies, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q58TnyL_IfU English Version Beautiful Theatre]] re-dubs one of the insert clips into hysterically deliberately bad Engrish. Also, Pedro: The Movie
* AchillesInHisTent: Binbou, the {{delinquent}} with the three meter pompadour who is the top pitcher of his high school [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} baseball]] team.
* ActorAllusion: Invoked at the end of episode 21, when Hyatt suddenly talks like Ruri from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''; Creator/OmiMinami voiced both characters.
* AdaptationDecay: Very much intentional, with Rikdo Koshi's AuthorAvatar getting killed at the end of the first episode, then brought back to life, then forced to give his ever more reluctant approval to change the story's very genre between each episode. It culminates in an all out battle with the ''director's'' AuthorAvatar, who was the one responsible for "ruining his life's work." The whole thing is a parody of the internal struggling associated with most adaptations. In fact the goal was never to make a faithful adaptation, as much as it was to see how far they could push the whacky "experimental anime" format until it imploded. The result was a bigger success than expected and even eclipsed the original in popularity by far. Even so, Rikdo Koshi still admits he's happy with the way it turned out.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Excel has blond hair in the manga and orange hair in the anime; Hyatt has brown hair in the manga and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] in the anime; and Il Palazzo has pale cyan hair in the manga and pale violet hair in the anime.
* AffectionateNickname: Excel calls Hyatt "Ha-chan."
* AffectionateParody: Of lots and lots and lots of other anime; one long scene in episode 3 and then all of episode 22 are devoted to gentle send-ups of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's work, for instance.
* AfterTheEnd: [[spoiler: Episodes 23-25.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Excel has the hots for Il Palazzo, a villain. She also gets a crush on Key in episode 21, a brooding guitarist.
* AllJustADream: Watanabe has a romantic dream about him and Hyatt in episode 18, only to realize halfway through that it's not real, and that his dream is merely made up of references to TV shows he watched that day.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Excel is in love with Il Palazzo, whose attitude towards her ranges from indifference to barely tolerating her presence. Watanabe is in love with Hyatt but she is either unaware of his feelings or doesn't care. Ropponmatsu 1 and 2 love Hyatt and Excel, respectively (specifically, through imprinting), but neither reciprocate. Iwata loves Misaki and Ropponmatsu 1, but is beat up by Misaki for his remarks and ignored by Ropponmatsu 1 (she's a robot, after all.) There is ''almost'' an aversion to this trope in episode 26 when Shioji and Cosette go to the love hotel, but it's played straight when she reveals herself to be a legal adult and a G-cup. Shioji is turned off and leaves, despite Cosette begging him to stay.
* AlmostKiss: Occurs twice in Episode 7: Once, to Watanabe when he tries to kiss Hyatt (he kisses a Puchuu instead,) and later to Iwata when he tries to give Misaki CPR.
* AnimationBump: Invoked for Episode 8... At least with the females. The males (at least the parts of them that are shown) are OffModel in contrast.
** The episodes done in-house at Creator/JCStaff tended to look better and have more fluid animation than the ones assisted by Creator/{{Digimation}}, Creator/StudioShaft, and Creator/StudioFlag. "Going Too Far" is an exception in that it was assisted by Studio Flag but was the best-animated episode of the series.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 0 for F City. This occurs both in Episode 18, when the city is bombed to contain the Daitenzin squad, and Episode 22, when space debris turns F City into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. In both instances, however, [[ResetButton the city is rebuilt incredibly quickly]].
* ArcWelding: The GrandFinale ends up tying all running plotlines together.
* ArtShift: Episode 17, "Animation USA." To prove a point to a group of black market thugs the benefits of WesternAnimation and {{Anime}}, Excel shows off the tropes of both sides, where the art style shifts to superhero comic book style, and then to something resembling a Creator/WaltDisney cartoon.
** There's a ''lot'' of ArtShift in ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. Usually it drifts in the direction of whatever's being parodied this week.
*** In the preview for the Shoujo-parody episode they say something along the lines of: "Turn up the contrast! Make the eyes 40% bigger! Add the bloom effect and bubbles!"
* AscendedExtra: Pedro went from one panel in the manga (maybe two) to being TheChewToy in the anime and ends up becoming important in the end.
* AscendedMeme:
-->''The [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment cracked out crackfest]] [[RecycledINSPACE RETURNS!]] Buy Anime/ExcelSaga... [[MemeticMutation OR THE DOGGIE GETS IT]]!''
-->-'''Creator/{{Funimation}}'s answer''' for those who want the anime.
* AssShove: In Episode 26, the doctor shoves a gigantic syringe up Hyatt's butt.
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: Nabeshin, after taking his revenge on the soldiers who killed Tetsuko in Episode 3.
* AuthorAvatar: Nabeshin and manga artist Rikdo Koshi.
* BadLiar: Excel in Episode 5. When asked by the vice-mayor who she is, Excel (who's supposed to be undercover) tells everything instead of making a cover story.
-->'''Excel''': Excel's such a honest person that she answered the question in full!
* BalloonBelly: Excel during the all-girls episode and Episode 23.
* BananaPeel: In the opening credits.
* BathroomStallGraffiti: In Episode 5, some seemingly nonsensical phrases/words on the bathroom stall are actually passwords for a secret computer.
* BeamOWar: Between Pedro and "That Man" in Episode 25.
* {{Beat}}: In Episode 20 (the second clip show,) Hyatt asks: "Maybe the writers have run out of ideas?" Long pause... Then Excel launches into a tirade.
** In Episode 26, there's a long comic pause when Excel (who is now in Hyatt's body) notices herself in the mirror and realizes she's Hyatt.
* BellisariosMaxim; [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]:
-->'''Hyatt''': ''"How can he ride a car if he's a ghost?"''\\
'''Excel''': ''"For the writers' sake, don't ask questions like that."''
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Used as a gag in Episode 26, when Kabapu has set up lots of cameras in Misaki's shower, and is excitedly waiting for Ropponmatsu 1 to rub lotion on her. Misaki punches out the cameras before he can see too much, though.
* BigEater: Excel, as shown in Episodes 4 and 8 (the latter of which produces BalloonBelly.)
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Il Palazzo takes his orders from "That Man."]]
* BiggerOnTheInside: In Episode 26, Misaki is showering in a bathroom that is ''much'' larger than an economy Japanese apartment would have. She lampshades this, of course.
* BigNo: Pedro, at least OnceAnEpisode. Several times, this manifests as a delightfully Engrish ''"Very No!"''
** Episode 20 (a marathon recap of the Pedro segments) had a BigNo every other minute or so.
* BirdRun: Rikdo Koshi and Excel.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:In episode 19, Anne ends up making it around the world in 80 hours (so she can collect the inheritance), but she is separated from Menchi, her companion on the trip.]]
* BlackComedyRape:
** Ropponmatsu II assaulting Excel.
** The Great Will of the Macrocosm forces herself on Pedro multiple times. He can't escape.
** Excel in Hyatt's body on Hyatt in Excel's body. Yes, really.
* BlandNameProduct: The next episode previews always feature a logo of [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox FQX]] in the background.
** In episode 16, a baseball team is named the Onions, a parody of the real-life team the Orions.
* BlatantLies: The supposedly "gag free" episode 24 ''does'' still have gags, they're just not nearly as frequent as usual.
* BloodierAndGorier: Episode 26.
* BlueWithShock
* BombDisposal: Ropponmatsu 1 was created to do this. However, she was programmed badly and both episodes 14 and 15 end with the bomb exploding instead of her successfully disarming them.
* BookEnds: The first episode has Excel being given the mission of assassinating Koshi Rikdo. The last episode (if you don't count "Going Too Far") ends with Excel sneaking up on [[spoiler: Nabeshin]] in the same way, grinning evilly and saying "One more time..."
* BriefAccentImitation: In episode 18, Excel speaks one line in a Southern accent (complete with cowboy hat).
* BrokenRecord: At the end of episode 20, Excel and Hyatt repeat "Mitsuo Menda naha naha" repeatedly.
** In episode 26, after Excel and Hyatt merge into a mecha, Hyatt says "How exciting!" over and over.
* BulletTime: Occurs in episode 9's ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' parody.
* ButNotTooForeign: Misaki is a quarter British.
* CallingYourAttacks: The Daitenzin do this in episode 25 when taking down ACROSS minions.
* CaptainObvious: In episode 9, after defeating the Ball and Stick leader at bowling: "In true sportsmanship, the one who wins is the winner!"
* CasualDangerDialog: In episode 6, an avalanche is careening towards the city security team. Sumiyoshi's reaction? "Yup."
* CatapultNightmare: Pedro has one in episode 2 when he wakes up from what he thinks is a nightmare... only to discover Great Will sleeping next to him.
* CatchPhrase: Pedro: "NOOOOOOO!!!", and "Pedro's tears are like waterfalls!"
** Excel and Hyatt: "Hail Il Palazzo!"
** Il Palazzo: "This world is corrupt!" (and variants of such)
** Puchuus: [[PokemonSpeak "Puchuu!"]]
* CensorBox: Watanabe's penis is obscured by an elephant face when he falls out of the love hotel in "Going Too Far".
* CerebusSyndrome: Briefly; episodes 24 and 25 (plus some moments in episodes 22 and 23) are much more serious than the rest of the series. The show bounces back from this in episode 26, however.
* CharacterFilibuster: Averted in episode 12; Il Palazzo is about to rant about Christmas (and, by extension, Christianity), but Excel suggests he spare the audience his views and just move on. Il Palazzo agrees.
* ChristmasEpisode: Ostensibly "Big City Part II".
* ClipShow: Episodes 13 and 20 (the latter consisting solely of Pedro clips).
* ColdOpen: Each episode begins with Koshi Rikdo giving his approval for the anime staff to produce the episode.
* CoolBike: Subverted. Daitenzin's cool bike is a rather unimpressive scooter...that they all have to ride at the same time.
* ConspicuousCG: Episodes 22-24 are dripping with it.
* ContentWarnings: In episode 5, the vice-mayor's mistress is tossed in the fridge when Kabapu walks in, and some background text reminds kids not to stuff themselves in the fridge.
* CreditsGag: The ADV releases featured joke credits.
* CreditsRunningSequence: A brief one, featuring Excel, Hyatt, Menchi, Misaki, Nabeshin, and the Puchuus.
* CrossPoppingVeins: Il Palazzo gets a ''lot'' of them in episode 21 when he's jealous of Key's good looks and guitar skills.
* CutawayGag: In episode 10, there are two instances where the show is interrupted by Great Will and a Puchuu having tea.
* CuteLittleFangs: Excel.
* CutenessProximity: The Puchuu have this effect on people. Oddly, it seems to only work on males. Then again, the only females we see resisting the Puchuu are {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Excel and SugarAndIceGirl Matsuya.
* CutSong: Two pieces of BGM were scored for the show but never used: "Although I Didn't Get Any Request For This, I Happened to Make It, So Please Use It." and "Will I Ever Use This?" Both pieces were included on the second CD soundtrack, however.
* DatingSimShot: In episode 4, "Love Puny" (original Japanese title: [[LoveHina "Love Hena"]]).
** Except for the very first sequence—where Il Palazzo's third option is to kill Excel (he does and gets a BadEnd)—Option #3 is always "Put it in." Later decision trees were even ''less'' subtle.
-->-''Have sex''
-->-''Have sex''
-->-''Put it in''
* DeaderThanDead: Parodied in Pedro's storyline. He dies in a construction site fire in episode 1, but due to sleeping with Great Will, That Man abducts him and plans to kill him ''again'' by dumping him in Tokyo Bay. This absurdity is lampshaded by Great Will when she goes into Tokyo Bay to rescue Pedro:
--> '''Great Will''': (after giving him air) Please live. Well you're already dead, but you know what I mean.
* DeathIsCheap: Excel, thanks to the Great Will of the Macrocosm, survives getting several times in the first episode. Hyatt just does because of RuleOfFunny. The Ropponmatsus are constantly being blown up and then having new bodies rebuilt. Puchuus don't come back but there's so many of them it doesn't really matter.
* {{Delinquents}}: Parodied in episode 11, "Butt Out, Youth!"
* DerangedAnimation: Present in many episodes, but especially in episodes 3, 13, 20, and 26.
* DesertPunk: The aftermath of the destruction of the city in episodes 23-25.
* DieLaughing: An unnamed old lady in episode 4 dies this way, sharing a laugh with Sumiyoshi before abruptly falling face down on the table.
* DisproportionateRetribution: A RunningGag in episode 18, "Municipal Force Daitenzin": To clean up the town, the Daitenzin group will prosecute anything, no matter how trivial. Example:
--> '''Man 1''': Lend me some change, like 200 yen.\\
'''Man 2''': Pay me back tomorrow, okay?\\
'''Watanabe''': That is extortion!\\
'''Man 1''': What are you talking about?\\
'''Man 2''': We're brothers.\\
(Watanabe blows them up with a Giga Smash)
** In episode 4, during the dating sim parody, Il Palazzo responds to Excel's teasing about getting out of bed by ''killing her''.
--> '''Excel''': Big brother, you're a horrible person!
* DoubleStandard: Iwata points out that the skin-tight city security suits look great on women but not on guys.
* DownerEnding: Quite a few examples for a wacky comedy show, actually: [[spoiler: In episode 10, all of Menchi's new friends are dead, and Menchi supposedly killed her former owner because he switched to the bad side. In episode 17, Sandora is shot to death by the mobsters. In episode 22, debris from the space battle obliterates F City. And in episode 23, Il Palazzo shoots Excel through the heart. Luckily she survives.]]
** [[spoiler: There's also a parody of downer endings in episode 11, when Bean Boy learns that his father's company went bankrupt. This is moments after his baseball team lost the big game.]]
* DropTheWashtub: When Excel and Hyatt try to remove the intruders from their AbsurdlySpaciousSewer, Excel tells Hyatt to press a button on the wall to spring a trap. Spears start falling down over Excel. She manages to dodge them, and tells Hyatt to press another... [=*BONK!*=]
-->'''Excel:''' [=*Gets smacked on the head with the washtub*=] [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK!]]\\
'''Hyatt:''' Umm, I'm sorry.\\
'''Excel:''' I wanna believe that.
* DudeNotFunny: This in-universe quote speaks for itself.
--> '''Excel:''' He's gone! We only looked away for a minute!!\\
'''Hyatt:''' (puzzled) A minute? You were [[HypocriticalHumour sleeping like the dead]].\\
'''Excel:''' (dismayed) Don't say that, because when '''you''' say it it's not funny!
* {{Eagleland}}: Played for laughs in one episode that takes place in an obviously exaggerated version of America.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Episode 1 hadn't introduced Hyatt yet, who is in every other episode of the series.
* ElectricTorture[=/=]HarmlessElectrocution: Happens to Excel in the 3rd episode. [[TooKinkyToTorture She comments on how nice it feels and asks the torturer to turn it up higher.]] The torturer immediately uses it on another prisoner just to see if it's working, and the prisoner is immediately incinerated.
* EngagingConversation: Iwata's immediate reaction when he realizes the detective in episode 12 is, in fact, a woman. Also his reaction when meeting Ropponmatsu. Iwata is very quick on the marriage proposals in general.
* EpisodeTitleCard: Most episodes don't have them, but episode 7 does a title card in blood, since the episode is done in the style of horror anime.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: The "Today's experiment" screen, which almost always reads "Failed", but is occasionally switched up with other grades.
* EvolvingCredits: The opening animation for episodes 1-24 is the same... until episode 26, where some variants occur.
* ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName: "The Cold is Winter! Snowed Under Episode".
* EyeCatch: The "Excel Saga" logo on a hardwood background while a brief snippet of "Ai (Chuuseishin)" plays. Characters frequently run in front of the eyecatch as well.
* FanService: Episode 8: "Increase Ratings Week", also several sequences in episode 26, "Going Too Far", which quickly cross into FanDisservice.
* FanserviceCover: The ADV thinpak re-release featured Excel and Hyatt in lingerie. While this is an obvious example of SexSells, it's also CoversAlwaysLie because, aside from episodes 8 and 26, the series is mostly devoid of fanservice moments.
* FanServiceWithASmile: Lampshaded in episode 21, when Hyatt and Excel are commissioned to work at a nightclub as waitresses:
-->'''Hyatt''': ''"Um, Senior Excel... is it just me, or does this outfit rather emphasize the breasts?"''
* FiveBadBand: [[spoiler: The ACROSS Five (That Man There, This Man, That Man Over There, That Man Over Here, and This Man Over Here).]]
* {{Flanderization}}: Done deliberately in episode 26, where everyone's primary character traits are dialed UpToEleven [[PlayedForLaughs for the sake of comedy.]]
* {{Flashback}}: Usually subverted for gag value due to whether they really happened, but played straight in episode 24.
* FlashbackEffects: Lampshaded in episode 11, when Mr. Aesop reveals why Bean Boy quit the baseball team: He sets up a flashback and Hyatt accompanies the ripple effect by saying "Ripple, ripple, ripple..."
* FlippingTheBird: Excel accidentally does this to Tetsuko in episode 3; when she realizes her mistake, she wipes her hand and gives a thumbs-up instead.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Episode 16.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In episode 22, the calendar says the year is "[[HokutoNoKen 199X]]."
** At the end of episode 13, a poster on Watanabe, Iwata, and Sumiyoshi's wall shows Ropponmatsu 1 and 2, who would debut in episodes 14 and 15.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Between Excel and Hyatt in episode 26.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Humorous add-ons in the credits. In addition to the staff and actors, there are funny little blurbs such as "Fun things to make with paper" (spitballs, airplanes, pirate hats, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick very ineffective condoms]]) "Sex!!!! (Subliminal Message)", and comments on the episode ("Sorry, no gags this time"). The ending of Episode 25 had the credits in Spanish, also.
** When you realize that everybody who was knocked unconscious was left to DIE when the ship explodes.
*** Actually comes up quite a bit; the opening credits has at least one, for instance (when Excel falls through the floor and erupts out of it again wrapped in tentacle. The [=ADVidNotes=] underscore this at times, flashing by unreadably fast and necessitating at least one run-through in slow-mo to catch them.
** There are a few characters Excel falls past in episode 5 that are virtually impossible to discern without freeze frame, as they only last two frames.
* FridgeLogic: In-universe example: in one scene, Sumiyoshi uses one hand to push his glasses up his nose, while shown in the previous shot with his hands stuck. Watanabe initially wonders where that third hand came from, but immediately drops the question.
* FullyAutomaticClipShow: Two of them in episode 22 (one of Excel's many failures, and another of the Puchuus getting smacked), and a brief one in episode 24 (previous instances of Excel getting dropped down the pits by Il Palazzo).
* FunnyAfro: Nabeshin [[spoiler: and Pedro and Sandora]].
* FunSize: A RunningGag in episode 13, where one of the performers will suddenly be replaced by a small, stuffed doll version of themselves.
* GagBoobs: Cosette, who has the body of a little girl and somehow hides her very large breasts under her clothing.
* GainaxEnding: Episode 25 has a pretty normal ending, with the fates of everyone shown during the credits. Episode 26 though, ends with [[spoiler:Hyatt drowning the planet in her blood, Excel crying out to Il Palazzo in the sky for help, and Il Palazzo replying with a thumbs up]].
* GaussianGirl: Every single girl that appears in episode eight.
* GeckoEnding: It had to, since the manga was still ongoing (and would be for another ''twelve years''). They ended up writing their own ending that focused on the continuity they had made for the show. They point out fairly early on that they really had no intention of following the manga anyway, since it is an "experimental" anime.
* GenericGraffiti: In Episode 17, "Animation U.S.A.!"
* GenkiGirl: Hyatt shows her Genki side when in Excel's body in Episode 26. If Hyatt had a perfect body, she would be ''extremely'' Genki.
* GenreShift: Every episode.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-universe example: the ''PuniPuniPoemy'' ShowWithinAShow is ''very'' popular in America -- Excel and Hyatt are saved from being beaten by gang members when animation cels miraculously fall from the sky, causing the bangers to desperately scramble for them.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In addition to [[EroticEating her bit with the banana]] in the opening credits, count how many times Hyatt can be seen in the background putting cylindrical objects in her mouth.
** Hell, at one point on the recap episode, she absentmindedly starts ''licking'' her microphone.
** Then there's her reaction to a ride outside a store:
--->'''Hyatt:''' I've never ridden anything that only goes up and down and in and out before!
** This quote:
--->'''Hyatt:''' Fire a thick, hot one from the back, please!
** In episode 18, Excel reaches into a vending machine's coin return to get some change.
--->'''Hyatt:''' Surely, this is the result of your nightly finger training.
--->'''Excel:''' Oh, please, Ha-chan, it's embarrassing! That wasn't training!
** When Excel and Hyatt are looking after the rock star, we see his silhouette from behind the curtain as he "practices his guitar." Excel swoons.
** In episode 6, Excel takes Menchi (who she accidentally shot while hunting) to Great Will, who revives her. Excel reaches into Great Will to retrieve Menchi, and observes how warm it is inside.
** Note that anything in episode 26 is NOT an example of this trope, because episode 26 ''did not make it past the radar''.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Excel does this quite a few times, and always has the stylistic fingerprint swirl.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: In the first episode, Excel's good angel shoots the bad one in cold blood ("The bullet of justice caps evil's ass!") and later in the episode she's arrested for the murder of the bad angel.
* GratuitousEnglish: Used for comedy in Episodes 13 and 17. In episode 17, it's intentionally used by the Americans in the dub.
* GratuitousSpanish: In the English dub, Il Palazzo inserts random Spanish words into his speech to illustrate the importance of communication when ACROSS takes over the world. In the original Japanese, he inserts random English words into his speech.
* GreenAroundTheGills: Or rather, blue around the gills. In episode 12, Hyatt gets carsick and her face turns blue, freaking out the bank robbers who kidnapped her.
* HappyEnding: Not counting Episode 26, which is non-canon (its entire existence is a huge joke as to how far the production team could go, hence its title "Going Too Far".)
* TheHatMakestheMan: A recurring bit in episode 12. With the detective hat on, Todo is tough and no-nonsense. When the hat comes off, Todo prefers to be called Purin, and is more emotional.
* HiddenDepths: Despite working for an organization whose eventual goal is world domination, Excel often helps out people during her missions, for no other reason than to stand up for the little guy (see saving the bowling alley in episode 9, beating up the mobsters who conned Sandora in episode 17, coaching the losing school baseball team in episode 11, and protecting Pad and his father from the thugs in episode 23).
* HighPressureBlood: Parodied in episode 26, as Hyatt coughs up enough blood to drown the entire planet.
* HomoeroticDream: In episode 21, a horny Excel has a daydream of Il Palazzo and Key rolling around in roses.
* HumongousMecha: Played semi-straight in episode 25: the CoolButInefficient mecha is shaped like a cartoon dinosaur, and it is rather ineffectual in the climactic battle, [[spoiler: but it was just a decoy anyway]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: Excel, frequently. Since they're translated directly instead of trying to change them to an equivalent pun, the odds'n'ends special feature on the DVD, aside from pointing out other things of interest, spends a lot of time explaining how what Excel just said is an elaborate pun in Japanese.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Nabeshin carries all manner of weaponry hidden in his afro, up to and including a bazooka.
-->'''Excel''': Man, that is some '''SERIOUS''' dandruff!
* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler: Excel gets this in episode 24 after being shot, though she remembers who she is by the end of the episode.]]
* IFellForHours: In episode 17, Excel is dropped down the pit like usual, but it's so long that it goes through the center of the Earth. The exit to the pit is all the way across the globe, in New York City.
* ImAHumanitarian: In the "next episode" preview for episode 6, Excel says that one of the hallmarks of a winter mountain trip is eating passengers stranded on the bus.
* ImpactSilhouette: Excel and Pedro in the first episode.
-->''WEAR A HELMET AND YOU'LL ALWAYS BE SAFE!''
* ImprobableHairstyle: Bean Boy's super long hairdo in episode 11. It's so long that he can smack people with his hair ''from across the room''.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: It's so bad for Hyatt that even when singing the theme tune, she punctuates every line with coughing!
* IndirectKiss: Watanabe is ecstatic that by sharing a soda with Hyatt, he is essentially getting an indirect kiss. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him Hyatt has topped the can up with her own blood...]]
* InnerMonologue: Il Palazzo has one when Key comes to ACROSS in episode 21, in what is the equivalent of a jealous temper tantrum.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Parodied in episode 17, and combined with an obvious ShoutOut to ''Anime/SailorMoon'' -- "In the name of the Moon, I shall spank you!" ("In the name of the toons, I will punish you!" in the North American dub). If you know that the Japanese voices of Excel and Sailor Moon were [[ActorAllusion performed by the same voice actress]], it's even funnier.
-->'''Excel:''' "I was doing good with this stuff until just a couple years back!"
-->Or, in the dub: "I wanted that role, but they went and did the dub in Canada!" (Note that ''Sailor Moon'' was dubbed in Vancouver, while ''Excel Saga'' was dubbed in Houston)
* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: Episode 13 featured an alternate version of "Beauty Theater" from episode 8, where the Japanese [=VAs=] spoke in English, which resulted in very thick accents and too-literal translations.
* IntimateHealing: Parodied in episode 6, when Excel tries to thaw Hyatt from a block of ice with "shared bodily warmth", but winds up nearly killing ''herself'' because there's so much to unfreeze.
* LampshadeHanging
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Happens to Excel in the anime's "serious" episode, after her [[spoiler:betrayal at the hands of Il Palazzo]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: Quite a few of them:
** "Indeed, I Need no Funds to Make it Cheerful...": Excel's theme
** "The Image Color is Certainly "Red!"": Hyatt's theme
** "I Was Somewhat Troubled. I Was Quite Troubled. I Was Completely Troubled.": Il Palazzo's theme
** "The Commemorative First Song For This Occasion.": Watanabe, Iwata, and Sumiyoshi's theme. Less commonly, "I Wonder if it Was Too Ordinary...?" is used instead.
** "How Convenient! Is the Mochi Baked?!": Great Will of the Macrocosm's theme
** "It Became a Cool Song. Yeah.": Misaki's theme (though also used in other situations, like scenes of the pool in episode 8, or Anne's global journey in episode 19)
** "All Right. I'll Make It...": Nabeshin's theme
** "You Did Not Tell Me it Would Be That Tragic!": Pedro's theme
** "Small Organism Suite": Puchuu theme
** "After All, I Think it is a Strange Name": Kabapu's theme (though it's been used for non-Kabapu scenes as well)
** "Excuse Me Mr. Pervert - Who Likes Young Cute Girls": Shioji's theme
** "Hey! Ropponmatsu!": Ropponmatsu 1's theme
** "What? Ropponmatsu?": Ropponmatsu 2's theme. Also used as a "little girl" theme in relation to Shioji.
** "Love Hena Theme": An interesting case. It was originally used for the visual novel parody in episode 4, but soon came to also be associated with the Excel Girls, Excel Kobayashi and Mikako Hyatt.
* {{Letterbox}}: Used in most of episode 3. Also occurs in the ''Pedro: The Movie'' trailer from episode 13 for obvious reasons.
* LimitedWardrobe: Does Il Palazzo ever wear anything besides his huge cloak?
* LongTitle: Episode 3's title is "The Sacrificial Lamb of the Venomous Great Escape of Hell".
* LovelyAngels: Excel and Hyatt
* LuckyCharmsTitle: The title of the show (''Excel♥Saga''), and the voice actresses who sing the TitleThemeTune (the Excel♥Girls).
* MachineMonotone: Averted with the Ropponmatsus, though Ropponmatsu 1 never raises her voice, and has a limited range of emotions.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Parodied by Hyatt, who takes this FAAAAAAAAR beyond its logical extreme, being so fragile she literally suffers broken bones or dies on a few occasions from [[FingerPokeOfDoom light touches]], a mild breeze, or being given a funny look, sometimes combining this with OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank... [[UpToEleven with interest]]!
* MagicalDefibrillator: In episode 26, the doctor shocks Hyatt with these.
* {{Malaproper}}: Excel at times.
* MaleGaze: Parodied during Matsuya's introduction to the cast. She was not happy about it.
* MandatoryLine: A few episodes end with Sumiyoshi commenting on how he, Watanabe, and Iwata were left out of the episode.
* MediumBlending: Episode 9 interspersed footage of actual bowling alongside animated bowling, and also included instances of 3D animation and overlaying animation over actual footage of a cliff.
* MegaCorp: The Alps Group, from episode 19.
* MoodWhiplash: Episodes 22-25 have less and less slapstick humor and more and more dramatic content; episode 24 is described in the introduction as "gag-free". "Gag-free" is, of course, somewhat relative.
** Episode 8 also certainly counts, as Cosette's backstory is pretty tragic amidst the light-hearted PoolScene.
* MotionlessChin: Typically, unless the character is shown from the side.
* TheMusical: Episode 26, but only the TheTeaser, wherein Excel says that's what it's going to be, Nabeshin argues that musicals are too expensive ([[NerimaDaikonBrothers hmm...]]), and Hyatt [[DontExplainTheJoke politely points out that they've been singing the entire time]]. All the music that plays during the segment are all short snippets of the music that played ad nauseam over the course of the show.
* NakedApron: Watanabe briefly imagines Hyatt in nothing but an apron in episode 26.
* NegativeContinuity: A staple of the show, sometimes caused by Great Will of the Macrocosm resetting everything, other times the reset is unexplained.
* NerdGlasses: "Professor" in the "animal story" episode.
* NewJobEpisode: Excel and Hyatt started multiple part-time jobs over the course of the series.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed; Episode 7 had the disclaimer "No Puchuus were killed or injured in the production of this film. Well, okay, maybe we roughed a few of them up a bit. And we did cook and eat two of them, but that was after we finished filming. Does that count?"
* NoFourthWall: The only time there's a fourth wall is if it improves the joke.
* NoNameGiven: Pedro's sexy wife is called... sexy wife.
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler:The ending of episode 22.]]
* NoSwastikas: Averted in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the first episode where Excel goes MotorMouth. Her eyes temporarily turn into Swastikas.
* OcularGushers: Pedro's tears, which flow like waterfalls.
* OffModel: Many moments in "Big City, Part II".
* OldShame: Invoked. Koshi Rikdo is approached by Nabeshin and the producer and writers of the ''Excel Saga'' anime for permission to use the prototype for the ''Excel'' manga, ''Municipal Force Daitenzin'', as the basis for an episode. Rikdo steadfastly refuses, since he's embarrassed of his old work, but the group overpowers him.
* OnceAnEpisode: Rikdo's approval, Il Palazzo sending Excel down a TrapDoor, Pedro's BigNo.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: In Episode 6, Matsuya asks Dr. Kabapu about their training, while Watanabe mumbles to himself about how crappy a day he's having. Eventually, they both simultaneously complain about their guns looking "[[ShurFineGuns like a toy from a fair booth]]".
** It happens fairly often that Excel monologues in gibberish while other people continue their conversation.
* OnTheNext: Each episode ends with a verbal teaser for the next episode, almost always by Excel talking in MotorMouth fashion. A few exceptions: The preview for episode 3 mostly features Hyatt talking; the preview for "The Best of Mr. Pedro" features Pedro talking; and the preview for "For You, I Could Die" features a dramatic narrator.
* OpeningScroll: A StarWars parody appears at the start of episode 2.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Parodied. While Excel and Hyatt are on a mission, Il Palazzo is often shown killing time by doing things such as playing dating sims or learning to play guitar.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Hyatt floods the entire planet with her blood at the end of episode 26.
* OverlyLongGag: In the bowling episode (episode 9), during the commercial break, Excel is chased by the bowling master's minions... about four times. By the end, they're begging to stop.
** Six, to be exact. In the last one, they had lost her.
** In episode 21, Key is all set to sing his ACROSS message to Il Palazzo... but when he starts to sing, no words come out. The camera stays on his frozen face for a long time, briefly cuts back to Il Palazzo and his cuckoo clock, and back to Key for many more seconds... until he finally admits that he can't sing unless in the mood.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Sumiyoshi's weapon of choice while wearing his sentai uniform.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: In episode 23, after Excel licks the blood off the cut on her cheek, she says "Saltyish!"
* PerpetualFrowner: Misaki, though she occasionally gives a smirk, such as the end of episode 6 after she shoots at Iwata.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The Daitenzin members, who ironically cause more wide-scale damage to F City while punishing criminals than the criminal would.
* PetTheDog: The group of soldiers who are holding Excel as a P.O.W. in episode 3 are very friendly to Menchi, who has wandered into the camp. They even build a doghouse for her.
* {{Pixellation}}: Done to Misaki's face in episode 6 when she's first introduced: "I'm not a porn star!"
** In episode 26's opening credits, Excel and Hyatt are nude in a couple scenes, and their nudity is pixellated.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: In episode 9, Nabeshin gives Excel a motivational speech in the bathroom, but Excel asks him to pull his pants up.
* PokemonSpeak: The Puchuus say their own names.
* PoliceProcedural: Sent up for laughs in episode 12.
* PoolEpisode: Episode 8, "Increase Ratings Week".
* PopGoesTheHuman: In episode 20, Excel explodes after a rant. [[NegativeContinuity She's back to normal in the next scene.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: One of the reasons why the anime went for an entirely different storyline was to avoid [[OvertookTheManga Overtaking The Manga]].
* ThePratfall: Featured in the intro, when Excel steps on a BananaPeel.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the dub (at least in the first half when Jessica Calvello played her) Excel lays down the occasional F-bomb, but usually at a spot where one is expected. For example, at the end of episode 6, Excel and Hyatt pull themselves out of an avalanche.
-->'''Excel''': Umm, Ha-chan?\\
'''Hyatt''': Yes, Senior Excel?\\
'''Excel''': Where the fuck are we?
** In episode 5, when two office workers corner Excel in the secret computer room, she says "FAHK YOU!" in the dub.
** In episode 3, Excel says, "Il Palazzo, I love you so fucking much." in the dub.
* PreExplosionGlow
* PrivateDetective: Todo/Purin in episode 12.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Excel praises Il Palazzo to the high heavens, even when he says trivial things.
* {{Pun}}: Excel makes a ''ton'' of them in the original Japanese version; many of these didn't translate to the English dub.
** Runner-up for possibly one of the most cringe-worthy pick up lines in the history of anime, a rock vocalist called [[PunnyName Key]] introduces himself to Excel like this:
-->"My name is Key, I am a key, and would you like to be... my keyhole?"
** And for some reason, Excel was completely flattered.
* PunnyName: Binbō got his name for beanballing (beanball is "binbōru" in Japanese phonetics). It also means "poor" as in "destitute" ([[IronicNickname ironically]], he is actually rich).
** Not so ironic anymore when, at the end of the episode, his butler rushes in and informs him that his family went broke.
** The "Bowling Girls" hosts' names are puns in Japanese.
* RagingStiffie: Watanabe has one in episode 26 while he impatiently waits for Hyatt (in Excel's body) to get ready for sex.
* RatingsStunt: Parodied mercilessly in chapter 8, called "Increase Ratings Week".
* RawEggsMakeYouStronger: Parodied in episode 17; during the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' parody, Pedro drinks raw eggs, but quickly spits them out in disgust.
* RealityWarper: Pedro's flashback of his family in the first episode actually happens at the construction site. Another worker nearly falls to his death because he was suddenly no longer standing on solid ground.
* RebusBubble: Menchi = dog = food.
* RecapEpisode: Two, including an all-Pedro recap, and fourth-wall-free lampshade hanging
* RedStringOfFate: Iwata says him and Watanabe are connected that way, to Watanabe's annoyance.
** In episode 5, Watanabe receives a green drink from Hyatt, and claims the two have the red string of fate between them. Sumiyoshi references the drink when deadpanning, "It's green."
* RedWireBlueWire: "What? Who puts a bomb in a dating game?"
* ReferenceOverdosed: Each episode in the anime makes tons of references in their effort to parody whatever genre they are mocking.
* RefugeInAudacity: Dr. Shiouji, for example, is able to ''kidnap children via helicopter'' and get away with only a scolding.
* RelaxOVision: Scenes of ocean waves and kittens playing over the sounds of Koshi Rikdo being killed, and scenes of Puchuus goofing around playing over the sounds of Ropponmatsu II violating Excel.
* RepeatCut: ''Excel Surprise Triple Take!'' in episode 7.
* ResetButton: Actually embodied in a character -- The Great Will of the Macrocosm, though the last portion of the series, except for episode 26, does have some semblance of actual continuity.
** One of the biggest differences between the manga and the anime is that this character only exists in the anime. In the manga, the characters actually have to deal with the consequences of their actions.
* RiversOfBlood: In the final episode, IllGirl Hyatt starts bleeding for no apparent reason and produces enough blood to literally flood the entire world.
* {{Roboteching}}
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Played for laughs in episode 16: "Take Back Love!", in that the characters in question are also {{Robot Girl}}s, and showed no such emotions in previous (or future) episodes.
* RousingSpeech: Excel gives one to Pedro in episode 1 after he's homesick for Sandora and his sexy wife.
--> '''Excel''': What good is being weak like that going to do them? If your son is really dear to you and your wife is really sexy, then you should work and sweat for the two of them until you drop! That's what they call true love!
* RuleOfCool: Ruthlessly and relentlessly deconstructed. Every little, mundane thing can be made awesome (and so very impractical)!
* RuleOfThree: Anne's commercial in episode 19 is shown three times during the episode.
* RunningGag: Every episode begins with a disclaimer from Koshi Rikdo, absolving himself of responsibility for any genre or content. In the first show he explicitly left all responsibility with his staff, which may be why they chose Excel's first mission to be an assassination of a manga/animation artist named Koshi Rikdo.
** Excel dropped through a trapdoor by Il Palazzo pulling a rope. Lampshaded by Excel every time he pulls a rope that ''doesn't'' open a trapdoor under her, and by a sign on one rope marked 'Obligatory'.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Tetsuko, the iron-masked prisoner]] in episode 3. Parodied because she has plenty of lines before the reveal, which she speaks with a baritone voice.
** Also, [[LarynxDissonance she ]]''[[LarynxDissonance keeps]]'' [[LarynxDissonance speaking in that voice after the reveal!]]
** There was also the detective in episode 12.
* SchizoTech: In the DesertPunk arc, ACROSS is trying to conquer central Japan, and the forces at its disposal include not only legions of Mad Max-ish club-wielding mohawk'd punk-rock-looking goons but also a gigantic flying saucer. Yes, really.
* TheScream: In one episode, Pedro's BigNo morphs into Edvard Munch's painting of the same name.
* SecondEpisodeIntroduction: Hyatt isn't introduced until episode 2.
* SelfDeprecation: In "Excel Saga: The Musical" in episode 26, one of Excel's lines is "I'm a moron!"
** And in episode 13, Excel says she's a huge idiot.
* SendInTheClones: [[spoiler: Shioji's ace in the hole in episode 25: He has an army of Ropponmatsu 1s that he activates to overwhelm Il Palazzo's minions.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Pedro works very hard so that his wife can live her dream of "Sitting around and doing nothing all day", which she does anyway.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/ExcelSaga See here.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: ''PuniPuniPoemi'', which became [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]].
** To make it recursive, ''Excel Saga'' is also a show in the ''PuniPuniPoemi'' universe.
* SirSwearsalot: In "Animation USA", Americans are portrayed as this, at least in the English dub.
* SolemnEndingTheme: The standard closing theme is a parody of these; the last episode parodies the parody.
** Non-credits related: Every other episode ends with a snippet of the fast-paced, action-themed "Mission Impossible... Huh? In This Case, It is Really Impossible..." during the "today's experiment" screen, but episode 23 is the exception, playing an ethereal, downbeat, mysterious piece. This mood change is appropriate, [[spoiler:as Excel was just shot and left for dead, and Il Palazzo was getting away in his flying fortress]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Episodes 10 and 19, which focus on Menchi.
** Episode 24, which is ''very'' light on the humor.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Episode 26 has this in one scene: When Shioji meets Cosette in the park and offers to take her to the nearby love hotel (which she accepts), the soundtrack briefly plays "You Mean the Death of Tetsuko...", a melodramatic piece normally used in death scenes (Tetsuko's death in episode 3, Anne's near-death in episode 19, etc.) or serious moments (episode 11: Bean Boy losing the big game in a flashback).
* SpaceEpisode: Most of Episode 22. Episode 2 to a lesser extent; much of the action still takes place on Earth.
* StandardSnippet: Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" plays in a couple episodes.
* StuffBlowingUp: "Anime is all about stuff blowing up!", according to Nabeshin in episode 26, and Excel in episode 17.
* StuffedInTheFridge: when caught making out with his secretary, the vice-mayor of F City literally tries to hide her in a refrigerator
* StylisticSuck: Rikdo must be forced to approve the episodes; staff are shown complaining about making the show (and frequently exhausted).
* SuddenDownerEnding: The final three minutes of episode 23, all of episode 24 (actually approved as a joke-free episode by Koshi Rikdo), and most of episode 25 are pretty serious, especially in comparison to the rest of the series. Though episode 25 does end on an upbeat note. And of course, episode 26 features a complete SnapBack and the wacky comedy the series is known for, but storywise it's not meant to be canonical.
* SuddenlySexuality: Excel, who is straight, is floored over how beautiful her body can look in episode 26 when Watanabe takes Hyatt (whose soul is in Excel's body) to a love hotel. Excel (in Hyatt's body) comes across their room and tells Hyatt to strike some sexy poses, [[{{Selfcest}} which turns her on.]]
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Occurs on Watanabe and Hyatt's first date.
* TakeThat: "Who puts a [[TokimekiMemorial bomb]] in a DatingSim?"
* TakeOurWordForIt: Ropponmatsu 2 takes Iwata's derisive remark, "Why don't you chew peanuts with your eyes and eat spaghetti through your nose?" literally, but her back is to the audience. Iwata is visibly disgusted.
* TakingTheBullet: Anne takes one for Menchi in episode 19, and would've died had it not been for Hyatt's revitalizing elixir.
* ThemeNaming: Excel, Hyatt, and Il Palazzo are all named after real-life hotel chains.
** The members of the Daitenzin squad are given codenames based on Japanese retail outlets. The Ropponmatsus also share a name with a train station.
* ThemeTuneCameo: An instrumental of "Ai (Chuuseishin)" was heard in episodes 14 (when Excel and Hyatt are walking with the package) and 17 (during the cold opening). The lyrics version played in episode 9 (when Excel is beating up the Ball and Stick gang) and episode 13 (a clip montage).
* TheTheTitle: "The Koshi Rikdo Assassination Plot", "The Woman From Mars", "The Sacrificial Lamb of the Venomous Great Escape of Hell", "The Interesting Giant Tower", "The Cold is Winter! Snowed Under Episode", "The New Year’s-End Party Hidden Talent Contest".
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Hyatt dies and comes back to life in many episodes.
* ThinkOfTheCensors: In episode 9:
--> '''Excel Kobayashi''': Orgasmic ecstacy!\\
'''Shikiri''': You can't say that in our timeslot!\\
'''Excel Kobayashi''': [[SelfDeprecation Oh, Kobayashi's an idiot!]]
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting: The Pedro plot.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Excel and Pedro both talk like this.
* TitleOnlyOpening: Only for episode 25, where the credits are superimposed over the action.
* ToiletHumour: In episode 26, Menchi abruptly squeezes out some crap.
* TokenMinority: Pedro.
* TheTokyoFireball: Played straight, oddly enough, in episode 22, though there is a Puchuu-shaped mushroom cloud... and it's Fukuoka, not Tokyo.
* TooKinkyToTorture: "Higher, please!"
* TooHotForTV: Episode 26, by design.
* TooSoon: The Japanese television networks refused to air episode 26 -- as per the director's intention -- and one of the ''many'' reasons for this was that one of the first gags in it is a joke about the Sarin nerve gas attacks in the Tokyo subways just four years before. Firmly steeped into CanonDisContinuity, as the anime ended definitively at 25.
* TrainingFromHell: Parodied in episodes 6 and 9.
* TrainingMontage: Pedro has one in episode 17, which he recounts to Great Will and Gomez. It ends with a ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' reference.
* TrouserSpace: Excel does it in episode 22. She shoves her hand right down her crotch and pulls out a manga.
* TwinkleInTheSky: Iwata lampshades this when he's the one who gets launched.
* UnexpectedGenreChange: Lampshaded in the Dating Sim parody.
* UnusualEuphemism: "You son of a cat!" used by a dog in the "animal story" episode.
* VisualInnuendo: Episode 21, as the silhouette of Key (a rock vocalist) playing a guitar appears, [[SomethingElseAlsoRises a phallus-shaped shadow pokes out from his side]], turned out to be [[FreudWasRight a part of his guitar]]. It gets worse as his silhouette continues to stroke the guitar in outrageously suggestive positions.
* VisibleSigh
* VisualPun: In the opening, Excel briefly does "the Monkey" after eating a bunch of bananas.
* TheVoiceless: Sumiyoshi, whose dialog is written out in Japanese text. Lampshaded in that other characters can read this text.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Anytime Hyatt vomits up blood, it's shown.
** Excel vomits on-screen in episode 1, as demonstration that she'll do whatever Il Palazzo asks of her.
* WallOfText: Turning on the [=ADVidNotes=] (on-screen notes regarding the many, many cultural references and language-based puns that don't translate well) can result in this at times. Given [[WidgetSeries the nature of the beast]], this is unavoidable.
* WaterfallShower: The 22nd episode has Pedro, Sandora and Nabeshin showering under a waterfall.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Menchi's old owner was seemingly killed in episode 10, only for the Hounds to revive him and build a metal body suit for him.
* WeddingDay: [[spoiler: In the epilogue to episode 26, Nabeshin is set to marry Kumikumi, the woman who kept chasing him with food throughout the story, but the priest is revealed to be Koshi Rikdo, who objects to the show ending in this bizarre manner. The show ends with the two duking it out, and Kumikumi declaring them idiots.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The end credits of episode 25. Among the developments: [[spoiler: F City is completely rebuilt, Shioji is developing a giant mecha Ropponmatsu 1, Pedro is back home with Sandora and sexy wife, and Great Will had a baby.]]
* WidgetSeries: Note how many times on this very own wiki that ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' is used as the benchmark for how weird an {{Anime}} is.
* WingdingEyes: Excel gets heart eyes when swooning over Key in episode 21.
* WithLyrics: Various BGM was given lyrics in episode 26's "Excel Saga: The Musical". Also, the next episode preview for episode 21 has Excel singing about Key to the tune of "Ai (Chuuseishin)".
** Nabeshin's theme music was given lyrics at the end of episode 5.
* WritersSuck: The writers are often shown to be lazy or out of ideas for episodes.
* YaoiFangirl: Excel has a rather...interesting dream involving Ilpalazzo and Key
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Parodied by Excel in episode 23, only it turns the victims into ''DiGiCharat'' plushies.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: At the end of episode 23, [[spoiler: Il Palazzo acknowledges that Excel has never been useful and shoots her]].
* YuriGenre: Parodies just about everything about the trope, complete with {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s and [[BlackComedyRape Ropponmatsu II raping Excel]].
** Also lampshaded earlier: "Aren't we just a few lilies ("yuri" can mean both lilies and lesbians) short of a shojo-ai?"
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->''Today's Experiment...Failed''