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->''A-Ko, the depth of my vexation is beyond your comprehension!''\\
-- '''B-Ko Daitokuji'''

->''[[RantInducingSlight Today I woke up early.]] [[LateForSchool This may never happen again]]! But you! You! Over a stupid, petty... B-Ko, '''YOU IDIOT!!!'''''\\
-- '''A-Ko Magami'''

In Graviton City, Japan, [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture sometime in the future]], Eiko ("A-Ko") Magami -- a teenage girl endowed with absurdly high levels of superhuman strength and speed -- attends high school with her best friend, the blonde and bubbly Shiiko ("C-Ko") Kotobuki (who is both TheDitz and a LethalChef). Unfortunately, their incredibly intelligent (and gorgeous) GadgeteerGenius classmate Biiko ("B-Ko") Daitokuji apparently really, really wants a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship with the blonde dimwit. She is determined to win C-Ko for her own, and attacks A-Ko at every opportunity with HumongousMecha or her [[{{Stripperiffic}} revealing]] [[BattleBikini battlesuit]]. Things get just a ''bit'' more complicated when an alien warship descends upon Graviton City with the goal of capturing one of the girls -- or rather, ''rescuing'' her, as [[RagsToRoyalty she seems to be their long-lost princess]]...

A blend of over-the-top screwball comedy, action, and science fiction, ''Project A-Ko'' was one of the shows ''everyone'' saw during the prehistory of anime in America, especially because it was one of the first "non-arty" anime imported commercially back in TheEighties. The show's general level of goofiness can be seen in the girls' names -- quite simply, the three main characters are named "Girl A", "Girl B" and "Girl C". (There's even another character who simply goes by "D".) Despite over two decades passed since its release, ''A-Ko'' remains a persistently influential, respected, and well-loved film.

The original film was followed by three [=OVAs=] which continue the story of the film -- ''Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group'', ''Cinderella Rhapsody'', and ''Final'' -- and a two-part AlternateContinuity OVA called ''A-Ko the VS.''
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! ''Project A-Ko'' and its sequels provide examples of:
* ActionDressRip: A-Ko, per the page illustration; this actually happens in the film during her fight with D.
* AffectionateParody
* AfterSchoolCleaningDuty: At one point A-ko is assigned AfterSchoolCleaningDuty for being habitually LateForSchool. While it went well at first, with A-ko using her super strength to easily stack up the desks, a run in with B-ko's gang left the classroom (and a good portion of the school itself) completely demolished, much to her teacher's chagrin.
* AGlassOfChianti: Captain Napolipolita.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: The Alpha Cygnans speak Japanese.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Maruten laments this in ''The Vs.'', but considering he's [[BitchInSheepsClothing not that nice of a guy himself]], it's a bit hypocritical.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming
* AlphaBitch[=/=]TheOjou[=/=]RichBitch: B-Ko.
* AlternateContinuity: ''A-Ko the VS.''
* AmazonBrigade
* AmazonianBeauty: Liza from ''The Vs.'' She's noticeably taller and more heavily built than A-ko, beyond just having BoobsOfSteel, and she wears skin-tight pants and a red bustier that shows copious decolletage, ramping up the FetishFuel.
* AntiVillain: Gail, possibly. His methods are evil, his goal ... [[WellIntentionedExtremist understandable]]. He just bet on the wrong horse.
* BattleBikini: B-ko's Akagiyama 23 battle armor.
* BattleCouple: Liza and Grash from ''The Vs.'', though Grash is kind of ObliviousToLove.
* [[BeautyBrainsandBrawn Beauty Brains and Brawn]]: C-ko, B-ko, and A-ko, respectively.
* BerserkButton: A-ko - cutting her face, making her late when she made an effort to be early; B-ko - A-ko winning; Captain Napolipolita - Sobriety.
* {{Bishonen}}: Gail of ''A-Ko the VS.'' is a subversion, as when he's wearing his cape he looks quite bishie, but when he takes it off he's actually ''very'' muscular.
* BlatantLies: In the ending of the Vs., Maurten [[spoiler: being the last survivor of the Space Patrol.]]
* BleachedUnderpants: The series began life as part of the ''Cream Lemon'' series of {{hentai}} before becoming a full-fledged feature film; the hentai short that appears in ''Cinderella Rhapsody'' is actually recycled from the show's own initial storyboards. Which can be found on the web if you care to look.
* {{BFS}}: Played with in the fight between D and A-ko. In D's hands, it's sized appropriately. When A-ko gets it, it's this trope. No problem, though, because A-ko has super strength.
* BoobsOfSteel: Liza from ''A-Ko the VS.''; A-Ko refers to her as a "jiggling juggernaut" at one point. She's tough enough to give A-Ko a challenge in a hand-to-hand fight, and that's saying something.
* BrokenPedestal: A young Gail discovers his mentor, an unnamed nun, breaking her vow of chastity. [[UnstoppableRage He doesn't take it well]], to say the least.
* ClingyJealousGirl: C-Ko.
* CloudCuckooLander: C-ko and Miss Ayumi.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: All of the sub-tropes apply. (This is a parody series after all.)
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: The "Love and Robots" DVD has a character listing giving brief character profiles for A-Ko, B-Ko and C-Ko. On C-Ko's, it lists that she hates B-ko and doesn't understand why she wants to get with her so badly. This is completely incorrect as C-Ko is shown to have a friendly relationship not only with B-Ko but her subordinates as well. She even wishes at the end of FINAL for her, A-Ko, B-Ko and all of B-Ko's gang to all be friends and not fight anymore. If anything, they were referring to Kei, who is the ONLY character C-Ko outright hates.
* CrossDressingVoices: Subverted by D, Mari, and Captain Napolipolita. Mari also plays it straight: when fighting, Mari sounds like a deep voiced male, but when actually talking, she speaks in a very high pitched girl's voice.
* CulturalCrossReference: "The Colonel!"
* CuteBruiser: A-Ko.
* TheCutie: C-ko.
* DaddysGirl: C-ko in ''A-ko the VS''.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In ''Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group'' the newspapers the spies use as their "disguises" are titled "Mainichi Daily News". ''Mainichi'' is Japanese for "everyday", making the paper the ''Daily'' Daily News. For a time, this was actually the name of the website of the English version of the ''Mainichi Shimbun''.
* DistressedDamsel: C-ko played this role in the beginning.
* TheDitz: C-Ko (though she does seem to have moments of insight) and Miss Ayumi.
* DoppelgangerSpin: An InformedAbility of B-Ko's Max 5000 mecha.
* DVDCommentary: Central Park Media's rerelease of the film included one by character designer and animation director Yuji Moriyama.
** The Japanese DVD features a commentary by the actresses that played the three leads.
* EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit: Akagiyama 23 greatly enhances B-ko's reflexes, allowing her to match A-ko's. It also allows her to fly [[spoiler: and breathe in outer space, thanks to the visor]], and [[MacrossMissileMassacre spam mini missiles.]] Problem is, it's also [[{{Stripperiffic}} incredibly skimpy]] and causes the entire school, including A-ko and C-ko, to laugh at her, when they first see it.... until she started [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICiNsGCwvBA kicking A-ko's ass with it.]]
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: A-Ko and B-Ko.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Liza in ''The Vs.'' is a [[TheBrute brutal]] SpacePirate who [[BloodKnight loves unleashing violence on others]], and [[WouldHurtAChild doesn't hesitate to strike C-Ko when the kid gets on her nerves]], but she really does love her partner in crime, Grash.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler: C-ko.]]
* EvilKnockoff
* FanDisservice: D's battle bikini and Daitokuji Hikari's Akagiyama-23 battle suit.
* {{Fanservice}}: The first time we see A-ko, she's waking up wearing nothing but a pajama shirt and panties. The camera focuses rather prominently on her curves (and [[OralFixation her drinking a glass of iced tea]]) throughout the sequence. The C-ko says it's time for school, she throws her shirt off (baring her breasts for the camera), puts on her uniform, and she quickly runs out the door.
* FashionShopFashionShow: A-ko trying on a number of outfits, and costumes, to try to attract a boy.
* {{Fiction 500}}: B-ko and her family can afford to make mecha, although her father draws the line at her making HumongousMecha just for her rivalry. It has to be used for better purposes.
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler: C-ko, when Xena takes over her body in ''The Vs.'' and tries to kill A-Ko.]]
* FlyingBrick: A-Ko, except the flying part save when B-Ko is carrying her through the air. She has:
** SuperStrength combined with [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Does Not Know Her Own Strength]]. That's with her PowerLimiter on too. Without it, a flick of her wrist can send a shockwave out that can cut gouges in stone, cut tables in half and send nearby people flying.
** NighInvulnerability: she catches bullets with her hands and has taken blows and explosives with only scuff marks. Only an alien sword has ever cut her. See also Required Secondary Powers.
** SuperSpeed: Fast enough to [[BulletCatch deflect bullets from dozens of machine gun-weilding government agents]] with her bracers and jump from missile to missile of a MacrossMissileMassacre and use that to ''move forward'' towards the source.
** InASingleBound: She jumps real good, combined with the classic RoofHopping...which, all together, makes her a true [[{{Trigun}} Humanoid Typhoon]] when she runs.
* FlungClothing: B-Ko's [[TheReveal reveal]] of her Akagiyama-23 battle suit.
* FollowYourHeart: The ending theme song for the original movie, "Follow Your Dreams".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Subverted in Final. [[spoiler:The prophecy foretelling the end of the world was just a coincidence when the aliens arrived. And Ms. Ayumi wasn't possessed by her charm. She just did incantations because she was told it would bring her luck.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Including some very close {{Panty Shot}}s and some fired missiles actually being soda pop cans (as a ShoutOut to the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' film).
* FreudianExcuse: Invoked in the first movie when A-Ko starts complaining about how B-Ko has made her late again.
-->'''B-Ko''': ''Is that the only thing you care about?!'' Being a "good girl?!" Charming the teachers?! Well naturally, it never occurred to you that there ARE some children who just aren't born with the same charm! But not you, no you get to be the heroine while I have to be the girl everyone says is spoiled! Okay! If they say I'M the bad girl, ''then that's what I'm gonna be!''
* FunbagAirbag: Played as an OhCrap moment in addition to a gag, as it's A-Ko running into Liza after having kicked her through a wall.
* GadgeteerGenius: B-Ko designs and builds a new HumongousMecha ''every night'' to defeat A-Ko. ''The VS'': B-Ko builds a fast and heavily-armed sand skimmer from the wreckage of her & A-Ko's house after it gets destroyed by a sub-sand cruiser, again in only one night.
* GenkiGirl: C-ko.
* GirlPosse[=/=]QuirkyMinibossSquad: B-Ko's flunkies Ine, Ume, Asa, and Mari.
* TheGlomp: C-ko does this to A-ko sometimes.
* GloryHound: [[spoiler: apparently, Maruten in ''the VS''. After Xena is defeated, A-Ko, B-Ko, and C-Ko end up back on the sand planet. After meeting up with C-Ko's father, they discover that Maruten has taken all the credit for stopping Xena and the Dragon God. A-Ko & B-Ko are not amused and they vow to find him just before the credits roll.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: B-ko arguably qualifies. Apart from her obsessive rivalry with A-Ko, she's just spoiled and haughty and not bad in any way. She pays her subordinates for the work they do for her (though its not much), gives them breaks, oh, and she will go on a full-scale one-woman-army attack on a huge invading alien force if her friend is kidnapped and do a damn good job of it. She is even willing to put aside her war with A-Ko to make sure C-Ko gets back to Earth safely.
** There are hints that their rivalry will give way to something resembling a friendship by FINAL and in VS., an alternate universe version of A-Ko and B-Ko, who really seem to be A-Ko and B-Ko in a parallel universe, are best friends and battle partners. Since the Graviton Universe is referenced a couple times, it does seem to imply that their rivalry is only skin-deep, if still ridiculously destructive and violent.
* GoodMorningCrono: The first movie starts off like this. Getting to school on time is also a RunningGag.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: A-Ko is quite good with them.
* {{Gonk}}: Most of B-Ko's flunkies, especially Mari; also, D and Captain Napolipolita of the Leptons.
* [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Graviton City is the Center of the Universe]]: In the Sub, the radio show calls it [[spoiler: the high tech capital of the world]], and where is the Earth Defense Force based? The desert planet is also the center of its universe.
* HairDecorations: C-ko.
* HammerSpace: A rare instance where a pair of males use hammers out of nowhere on another male in Final.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Lots of them.
** A-ko is [[DragonBall Android-18]], [[{{Shuffle}} Asa]], and [[UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Eva]].
** C-ko is [[SailorMoon Sailor Mars]] and [[SakuraTaisen Sumire]].
** B-ko is [[SailorMoon Sailor Jupiter]] and [[{{Claymore}} Ophelia]]
** Captain Napolipolita is [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Char Aznable]].
** [[DragonBall Krillin]] is a number of minor characters in the English dub of ''The Vs.'' (plus Mr. Kotobuki, but he doesn't sound like Krillin at all).
* HeterosexualLifePartners: A-Ko and C-Ko; see BleachedUnderpants.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Mari, who is basically [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] in a sailor fuku.
* HumanAliens: The Alpha Cygnans.
* HumongousMecha: B-Ko's Robots-of-the-day.
** TransformingMecha: The Max 5000.
* IconicOutfit: A-ko's Transfer Student Uniform; when CentralParkMedia was publishing [[{{OELManga}} comic adaptations]] of the series, they changed her outfit in their version of ''A-ko the VS''[[note]]''Project A-Ko Versus The Universe''[[/note]] to the sailor suit to increase sales.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: A-ko's driving motivation in the [=OVAs=].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: In ''The VS.'', when A-Ko and B-Ko realize that [[spoiler:C-Ko is FightingFromTheInside of Xena's DemonicPossession]], they attempt this trope, only to descend into ''enthusiastic'' bickering. [[spoiler:As C-Ko watches the two become UnstuckInTime shifting between alternate versions of themselves -- including their classic incarnations -- she awakens because of her IntrinsicVow: she doesn't like it when A-Ko and B-Ko fight, at all.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes[=/=]{{Stripperiffic}}: B-Ko's Akagiyama-23 battle suit; this was [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade Hung]] and parodied when everyone who first saw it was mostly embarrassed for her. And [[FanDisservice made]] [[BrainBleach even]] [[NauseaFuel worse]] when, in ''Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group'', B-Ko's '''father''' wore one, with very little alteration from the original design. D also wears a similar outfit when she fights A-ko, pretty much ending any doubt that she and all of the other aliens are all female in the process.
* InTheirOwnImage: Xena and Gail's plot in ''The Vs.'' is to use the Dragon God to destroy the current "degenerate" universe and make a new one.
* JerkAss: A-ko in ''A-ko the VS'', as she was meaner and ruder than her original universe counterpart. The movie glosses over this by giving her some reasons to lose her temper and later tells us other things that happened before the story.
* {{Joshikousei}}
* {{Kawaiiko}}: C-Ko.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: The female OneGenderRace of HumanAliens that look like guys
* LargeHam: Xena in the VS, especially once [[spoiler: She, A-ko, B-ko, and Maruten warp to the Talhoe Sector]].
* LateForSchool: A-Ko, constantly.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
* LethalChef: C-Ko, even realizing it when she tries her own cooking.
* LeotardOfPower: B-Ko's armor. Both -A-ko and B-ko in ''The VS'' though A-ko's has a removable skirt.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Kei when he sees C-Ko. She doesn't reciprocate.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: B-Ko's "Akagiyama Missiles", as well as several spaceships in the series.
* [[ManChild Womanchild]]: Despite being under 20, C-ko fits this. Even in ''[[AlternateContinuity The Vs.]]'', where she's actually just turning 10, her nanny tells her she's growing up and it's time to stop acting like a little kid. She doesn't.
* MeaningfulName: Maruten literally means "ball head" in Japanese; Maruten's cranium is approximately the size and color of a tennis ball.
* MegumiHayashibara: B-Ko's flunkie Ume.
* MileLongShip: The initial shots of the aliens' ship are carefully blocked to make it appear to be about the size of SpaceBattleshipYamato. (Which it resembles quite a lot. Not by accident.) [[spoiler: Later we get to see the whole thing. The "Yamato" part is its ''figurehead.'']]
* MoeCouplet: A-ko and C-ko.
* NaiveEverygirl: C-ko, to an extent.
* NewspaperThinDisguise
* ObliviousToLove: Grash in ''The Vs.'' doesn't seem to realize how much he means to Liza. When she thinks he is dead, Liza is ready to go berserk on A-ko and B-ko, but when [[DisneyDeath Grash rises from the rubble]] she immediately breaks down in tears and embraces him, while his reaction on seeing her is "Oh, you're okay too! That sure is nice to see."
* OjouRinglets: B-ko.
* OneGenderRace: The Alpha Cygnans are an interesting variation of this trope. They're all female, but some of them--such as D and Captain Napolipolita--look, talk, and act male. Looking carefully can reveal that they're female early into the first movie.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: In ''The Vs.'' B-ko has to bring up the possibility of profit in order to convince A-ko to help her rescue C-ko. C-ko is the heir to the Kotobuki fortune, and if they rescue her they're sure to get a massive reward. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for them it doesn't quite work out that way...]]
* {{Otaku}}[=/=]OtakuSurrogate: C-ko displayed shades of this from time to time. Prominent examples include:
** Her remark (in the Japanese version) about Miss Ayumi [[CreamyMami reminding her of someone]].
** On the Final Concert album, C-ko's solo song is basically a medley of old anime themes.
* TheOtherDarrin: A-ko was originally voiced by Stacey Gregg. Teryl Rothery voiced her from the second movie onwards.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Dragon God in ''The Vs.'' is gigantic (it seems to grow at least as large as a planet), with three heads, and it's so powerful that it wipes out a number of planets and their defensive fleets with little effort.
* PapaWolf: Attempted by C-ko's father in ''The Vs.'', [[spoiler: but all he ends up accomplishing is bankrupting his company with his massive and fruitless search & rescue effort.]]
* PimpedOutDress: In ''Vs'', B-ko wears one as a disguise. A-ko comments on how odd that is, since they're trying to break into the villain's lair, not attend a party.
* PlayboyBunny: The waitresses in ''Love and Robots'', and B-ko in an alternate universe in ''vs''.
* PleaseWakeUp: A-ko to B-ko after Gail blasts her with his powers near the end of the first half of ''The Vs.''
* PoweredArmor: B-ko's is more like a powered bikini. Also, [[FanDisservice her father has a similar one]].
* PowerIncontinence: A-ko; every day, her run to school leaves disaster and ruin in her wake.
* PowerLimiter: A-Ko's bracers are revealed to be these in ''Cinderella Rhapsody''.
* PrincessesPreferPink: [[spoiler:C-ko]] is seen wearing pink often.
* PsychicLink: In ''The Vs.'', A-Ko and B-Ko seem to have one, as A-Ko knows something has happened to B-Ko after [[spoiler: Gael shoots an energy beam through her chest.]]
* PsychoLesbian: B-Ko.
* RagsToRoyalty: [[spoiler:C-Ko]].
* RantInducingSlight: A-Ko delivers one of these when B-Ko has MechaMooks ready when she gets to school early for probably the only time in her life. C-Ko calling Liza "granny" in ''A-Ko the VS''. C-Ko wasn't trying to insult her, most likely Liza's over-sexualized appearance implies "older" to the childish C-Ko.
* RedheadedHero
* RedshirtArmy
* ReferenceOverdosed
* RestrainingBolt: A-ko's wristbands reduce her powers to ''almost'' manageably safe levels.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Played with. A-ko is shown several times to be hurt by fairly mundane things. Then she can kick robots without hurting her leg. Her super endurance must only work when she's fighting. RuleOfFunny fully applies.
** Original movie: Hits her thumb with a hammer (she probably isn't using her super strength there) with full cartoonish reactions which are just as easily forgotten and she trips on an ordinary piece of flawed sidewalk.
** Second movie: Tires after failing to get a piece of the Alpha Cygnian ship back in place. The pool incident doesn't count as "mundane".
** Vs.: Cartoon injury from being bonked by B-ko's hammer.
* RunningGag: A-Ko constantly running over D on her way to school.
* SamusIsAGirl: The Alpha Cygnans are all female, including D and Captain Napolipolita, both of whom look, sound, and act male.
* SandIsWater: The desert planet where A-Ko and B-Ko are living in ''the VS''.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: B-Ko, sort of.
* ShaggyDogStory: The [[{{Anticlimax}} anticlimactic]] introduction of the Max 5000.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Non-romantic version (and possibly an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] as she's a childhood ''enemy'' rather than a ForgottenChildhoodFriend)- according to A-ko's flashback to their childhood, she and C-ko back then used to look more or less like chibi-versions of their present day forms. B-ko, on the other hand, was described (accurately) by A-ko as having a "basin haircut, piggy eyes and dumpy legs" but grew up into ''easily'' the most beautiful of the three girls (A-ko is an AmazonianBeauty and C-ko is TheCutie, but B-ko is just outright ''gorgeous''). No wonder A-ko didn't recognise her at first.
* ShoutOut: More than can easily be counted...
** [[spoiler:A-Ko's parents are apparently Comicbook/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman.]]
** [[spoiler:B-Ko's father when he appears bears some resemblance to [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]]]].
** Captain Napolipolita is pretty obviously supposed to be a parody of ''CaptainHarlock'', in the same way that the bow of the Lepton mothership looks like the ''Arcadia''.
** The title itself is a reference to the Jackie Chan movie ''Project A''.
** The design of teacher Ms. Ayumi is a Shout Out[=/=]{{Homage}} to magical girl series ''CreamyMami''.
** Mari, B-Ko's underling, looks like [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] with pigtails.
** The plot of the first movie is a [[BroadStrokes rough]] re-hash of ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross''
* ShownTheirWork: Alpha Cygni, more commonly known as Deneb, is a real star. Estimated distance from Earth is 1,550 light years, with a 10% margin of error.
* SmallGirlBigGun
* SmittenTeenageGirl: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation One interpretation]] of C-ko's affection for A-ko.
* SpacePolice: The Space Patrol from ''The Vs.'' were presumably this. They were nearly wiped out by Xena and her followers, and Maruten is the only one left.
* SpoiledBrat: C-Ko has shades of this in ''The Vs.''
-->'''C-Ko:''' I'M BORED, I WANNA PLAY A GAME '''NOW!!!'''
* SubvertedTrope: PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:The climax of the fourth video shows that all the supposedly ominous signs, apparently connected by the hexagram symbols, were all just a bunch of coincidences.]]
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: A-ko's gold-amber eyes are a sign that she's not exactly a normal human.
* SuperHero
* SupportingProtagonist: A-ko, as C-ko is the reason that the series even has a plot.
* TechnicolorEyes: Liza's eyes are silver, indicating she's not a regular human, like A-ko's SupernaturalGoldEyes.
* ThemeNaming: The three main characters; the gag is that such naming is indicative of extras, not main characters.
* ThirdPersonPerson: C-ko in the Japanese version.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: C-ko is the "child" as the innocent and childlike figure, A-ko is the "wife" since she is the protective big sister figure looking after C-ko, and B-ko is the "seductress" since she has a curvy figure with penchant for wearing a revealing power suit and [[SchoolgirlLesbians has a]] [[PsychoLesbian certain obsession]] [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship with C-ko]].
* TokenYuriGirl: B-ko Daitokuji. Possibly unintentional; the director admitted in an interview for the US DVD re-release of the film that he didn't think about how the scene featuring B-ko in a giant bath, thinking about C-ko, could be interpreted. Which is kind of confusing, because it looks to all the world like B-ko is [[ADateWithRosiePalms touching herself]] while thinking about C-ko. Based on the differences between the dubbed and subtitled versions, if it was unintentional it can only be because it's so common in the genre that it got put in without being thought about. The dub takes this aspect of the complicated relationship between A-ko, B-ko, and C-ko out, and makes C-ko seem a bit weird and creepy as a result. Alternately, it isn't so much unintentional as it is a leftover from when the film was supposed to be part of the ''CreamLemon'' series of erotic films, where indeed B-ko was infatuated with C-ko.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: A-ko (tomboy) and C-ko (girly girl); A-ko and B-ko (girly girl).
* TransferStudentUniforms: A-Ko and C-Ko wear these throughout the film; they switch over to the proper uniforms at the end of the film, then wear them regularly in the sequel [=OVAs=], though A-Ko does switch back to her IconicOutfit for the climatic battle in ''Final'', apparently just for the express purpose of irritating B-Ko (in which she succeeds.)
* TransformingMecha: But with poor planning on making the cockpit work in both forms.
* TronLines: The elevator in the alien ship.
* UnknownRival: B-Ko starts out as this to A-Ko.
* VillainousBreakdown: B-Ko.
* WaifFu: A-ko.
* WaveMotionGun
* WeirdnessMagnet: Whenever C-ko is the DistressedDamsel, it's usually because she's this.
* WhipItGood: "Black Jacovini Shooting Star Lash!"
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Gail from ''the Vs.'' fits this trope due to his callous disregard for the trillions that will die when he and Xena carry out their plan to create a universe by wiping out the current one with the Dragon God.
* WitchSpecies: Gail and Xena in the Vs. continuity. Maybe C-ko.
* WholeCostumeReference: B-ko's father dresses like Elvis when he pilots a mecha.
* WingdingEyes: When Maruten is trying to convince A-ko to help him defeat Gail, Xena, and the Dragon God, he's unable to sway her until he mentions the reward, whereupon A-ko gets dollar and yen signs for pupils, and says, quite deadpan, '''[[OnlyInItForTheMoney "It is my duty."]]'''
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Very common, even a lot of the unnamed civilians have blue hair. For named characters: Miss Ayumi has light blue hair, D has dark blue hair, B-Ko has bluish-silver hair, and Grash in ''The Vs.'' has dark blue ShonenHair.
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