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Originally a series of one-on-one combat gamebooks based on ''Lost Worlds''. ''Lost Worlds'' let two players duel by exchanging books that represented different characters, with illustrations representing each action you could take. In 2005, Hobby Japan released a remake of the series, but instead of generic fantasy monsters, the characters of ''Queen's Blade'' were all women designed with a more {{ecchi}} slant. And thus the FanService began.

The story is as follows: Every four years, there is a [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority tournament to decide who will be the next queen of the land]]. The rules are extremely simple: as long as the contestant is over twelve years old, [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the last one standing wins]].

What began as some gamebooks with an erotic slant became a multimedia franchise spawning (besides the gamebooks) TV series, [=OVAs=], manga and videogames (both for consoles and online).

The whole franchise is split into many continuities:

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[[folder: The Continent Saga ]]

* '''Queen's Blade''': When all began. The story centers around Leina Vance, the heiress to the Count Vance, travelling to Gainos to compete in the Queen's Blade tournament, while fighting against other warriors along the way and participating in the [=titular=] tournament.
* '''Queen's Blade Rebellion''': Takes place one year after the last tournament. The entire Continent has fallen under a tyrannical rule led by [[spoiler:Claudette, the Thundercloud Queen]]. Annelotte Kreuz, a brave young knight and exiled princess, leads a band of rebels to overthrow the queen and restore peace and order to the Continent, but the things aren't that simple this time and lots of twists awaits them along the way...

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[[folder: Alternative Continuities ]]

* '''Queen's Gate''': Takes place in our modern world. A young European girl named Alice, along with her friend Dorothy, has to find treasures around the world, while dealing with a mysterious cult named ''The Cult of Arunikuf'' and a mysterious dimensional door named ''The Queen's Gate''.
* '''Queen's Blade Grimoire''': Takes place in another world, this time in a world based in classical fairy tales plunged into an eternal winter. The heroine this time is Alicia, who wants to find a way to her world, but first, she must fight in another version of the Queen's Blade tournament, winning the right to use the legendary Queen's Blade sword and dealing with the Winter Demon, the one who causing the eternal winter.

There are also two PSP games, ''Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos'' and a sequel, ''Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos''. [[NoExportForYou Alas, these games are only available in Japan]].

For shows in similar series, see ''Anime/VariableGeo'', ''KoihimeMusou'' and ''{{Ikkitousen}}''.

Not to be confused with the MMORPG ''VideoGame/ScarletBlade'', [[SimilarlyNamedWorks which is called]] ''Queen's Blade Online'' in its home country of South Korea.

'''NOTE''': Only general tropes for the series as a whole should go here. For character-specific ones, check out the [[Characters/QueensBlade characters sheet]].
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!!Tropes in ''Queen's Blade'' include:

* AbortedArc: One for continuity, except in the gamebooks and the videogames:
** In the animated adaptation of ''Rebellion'', [[spoiler:the series ends after the battle against Claudette and not only the outcome is different from the gamebook, as Claudette defeats [[CurbStompBattle everyone, except Leina/Maria]], but also excludes the duel against Captain Liliana in her airship, the meeting with Menace in Amara, and the final battle against the Swamp Witch]].
** In the CD drama version of ''Rebellion'', the meeting with Menace in Amara was excluded and the cast [[spoiler: went straight to the Swamp to fight against the Swamp Witch, despise they needed to speak with Menace to get the direction of the Swamp]] since [[YukoGoto Menace's voice actress]] was unavailable due to having a nasty case of Lupus and Hobby Japan wasn't able to find a replacement [[spoiler:until the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=]]]
** The manga version of ''Rebellion'' is even worse: [[spoiler:It ends after the battle against Elina, Ymir and Mirim, before the duel against Claudette, and it ends into a GeckoEnding]].
* ActionGirl: Almost everybody, with the sole exception of Hachiel, Nanael's friend, [[spoiler: at least until the 5th OVA episode.]]
** WorldOfActionGirls
* AdventureFriendlyWorld: Justified, since the whole series is heavily inspired in both videogame and tabletop RPG concepts.
* AerithAndBob: Played with it: We have characters with names from different cultural backgrounds (despite the whole fantasy setting the series takes place) like Spanish ''(Leina, Liliana, Maria, Rana, Dora, Irma and Alicia)'', Swedish ''(Elina)'', French ''(Claudette, Jean, Annelotte, Huit & Vingt)'', Japanese ''(Tomoe, Shizuka, Airi, Izumi and Kaguya)'', Greek ''(Nyx, Echidna and Artemis)'', English (Menace, Goldie, Cute & Owen), Germanic ''(Cattleya and Hans)'', Celtic ''(Branwen)'', Scottish ''(Alleyne)'', Nordic ''(Ymir and Mirim)'', Hebrew ''(Ramshel, Sushel and [[spoiler:Mishel aka Cute]]),'' Arabic ''(Nowa and Layla)'' and totally made-out names ''(like Risty, Aldra and others)''. Nanael & Hachiel are names with a Japanese prefix mixed with a Hebrew suffix.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Happens in the ''Queen's Blade Spiral Chaos'' game: After many of the playable cast are reunited at the half of the game, the girls (Excluding Nowa, Ymir, Rana, Cute and Jean because they're underage or underage-looking) decides to throw a party with lots of booze everywhere. [[HilarityEnsues The results are obvious.]]
* AlienSky
* AllThereInTheManual: Inverted in Leina and Tomoe's cases (since most of their backstories are expanded in the anime series), but played straight with Menace, possibly since her backstory is too ''dark and violent even for QB's levels.''
* AlternateContinuity - The anime series, the gamebooks, the manga adaptations, and the ''Spiral Chaos'' games take place in different continuities, with many of the main events taking place in different fashion. And beginning with the new series, ''Grimoire'' it will be set in a new universe and setting different from the the original series and ''Rebellion'' one.
** The ''Queen's Gate'' novels seems to take place in another one, despite looking like part of the regular continuity, since in the end [[spoiler: Arunikuf, who is an {{Expy}} of the Nyx's Funikura was destroyed at the end, [[{{Jossed}} and contradicting his fate in Queen's Blade, since he's OK in the regular continuity, thus making him two different characters.]]]]
* ArcWords: ''"Who will emerge victorious? They won’t know that unless they fight!"'' Almost used many times at the beginning and in the end of many parts of the franchise.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The purpose of the Queen's Blade tournament.
* AttemptedRape: The first frightening scene in the franchise actually played straight, when Nowa is kidnapped by a gang of rapists and thrown onto a stable floor... but thankfully rescued by Echidna at the last second.
** The same thing happens in the ''Hide & Seek'' manga, but with Ymir and Frollu, after being kidnapped and sold to ''pedophiles.'' Luckily, Ymir gets rid of them, with help from Elina.
* [[BandOfBrothers Band of Sisters]]: The Rebellion Army in ''QB Rebellion''.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: The girls get beaten up, and even get repeatedly slashed on their breasts, but there are never scars, [[spoiler:until the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=], at least with Leina is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown concerned]]]].
* BetweenMyLegs: This shot is used very often, usually for fanservice.
** In the final episode of Season 1 and throughout Season 2, the Priestess Melpha actually uses this as part of her fighting technique, much to Nanael's disgust.
* {{BFS}}: The Giant Killer
* BittersweetEnding: Despise the extensive use of FanService, the endings of many of the series of the franchise aren't exactly too happy for everyone:
** '''Queen's Blade (TV series)''':[[spoiler: Leina wins the tournament, but Shizuka has to pull an HeroicSacrifice just to help her and the rest of the cast to defeat Aldra and Delmore for good. She decides to forfeit her title to Claudette, her older sister and decides to go WanderingTheEarth. The Swamp Witch and her minions are still a threat for everyone in the Continent. Irma ends being crippled by a brain-washed Risty and it seems that Echidna will had to take care of her.]].
** '''Queen's Blade ([=OVAs=])''':[[spoiler: Leina decides to still traveling for becoming a true warrior and leaving her family for good, much for Elina's chagrin. Nowa and Alleyne decided to part ways after defeating Nyx. Airi decides to leave both Cattleya and Rana for good and reuniting with both Melona and the Swamp Witch. Menace managed to rebuild slowly her kingdom and neither Airi nor Melona managed to force her back to them and Tomoe manages to defeat Delmore for good, but at cost of Shizuka's soul to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and being cursed by the Swamp Witch]].
** '''Queen's Blade Rebellion (Illustrated Stories)''':[[spoiler: Annelotte and Aldra, after too many dangers managed to defeat the Swamp Witch for good, restoring the peace of the Continent and redeeming both Claudette and their mother Werbellia, who was under the Swamp Witch's control. But the Swamp Witch is STILL at large, and Melona, Airi, Dogra and Branwen seems to still being threats, as long Airi manages to find another host for her...]]
** '''Queen's Gate (Novels)''':[[spoiler: Alice managed to destroy both Faye Wright, Arunikuf and his whole cult, but her mother, Lewis, is still missing when she was dragged in the Queen's Gate dimensional door, and now, Alice must find her mother, this time alone, much to the chagrin of Dorothy. At least Dorothy managed to kiss her for once]].
* BleachedUnderpants: Most of the hired ''Hobby Japan'' artists and designers were/are Hentai artists, notable examples being ''Oda Non'' and ''Koume Keito''.
* BoobsOfSteel: Cattleya is the queen of this trope sporting a 120cm bust, far out-sizing most of the competition. She's [[GentleGiant tall]], [[AmazonianBeauty muscular]] and wields a [[{{BFS}} huge sword]]. She wins most of her battles due to brute strength alone.
* BossSubtitles: Everyone gets one when a Queen's Blade match is announced. However, most of them are rather mundane (though that may be a gag since Nanael seems to have trouble remembering who everyone is).
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Risty, and Leina]] for that one episode.
* BreastExpansion: The first episode has a scene where Melona's breasts expand to a size much larger than her body, then explode.
* CanonImmigrant - The Magical Stones (or at least the one Huit had in her house in the QB Rebellion's anime adaptation) are from the ''Spiral Chaos'' games.
* CatFight: Pretty much the whole point to the audience, but in universe is mostly justified.
* ChainmailBikini: All over the place, pretty much literally in Leina's case.
** In a truly rare situation, the inefficiency of said armor is actually acknowledged when one of Leina's enemies slices her in the chest in an unarmored location, with a SinisterScythe.
* CerebusRollercoaster: The franchise is notorious from switching from having {{Fanservice}} antics in few episodes to a darker narrative later, just to return to the status quo in the next episode. Also, some continuities and adaptation are darker than others.
* ClimacticBattleResurrection: In ''Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos'': [[spoiler: not only both Ramshel and Sushel, the final bosses from the last game, [[BackFromTheDead came back from the dead]], you have to protect them (and find both twins after getting separated) this time.]]
* ClothingDamage: Everywhere you turn; the anime seems to use it as a substitute for actual wounds during battle. Airi gets a special mention because her clothes regenerate -- likely to be damaged all over again.
* ContinuityNod: All over the place in ''Queen's Gate'', like [[IchibanUshiroNoDaimaou Junko's]] [[FreudWasRight certain problem]] at the BeachEpisode, and how [[LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls Jubei]] first appeared to Muneakira. Seeing as [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Banpresto]] made the game, it would make sense that these events would be present.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Each of the main characters from each of the QB's continuities has very different personalities between each other: Leina tends to be pretty laid-back, naive and sort of childish, Annelotte from ''Rebellion'' being more mature and more action-oriented, Alice from the ''Queen's Gate'' novels being sweeter and more serious, and Alicia from ''Grimoire'' being more violent and arrogant than her predecessors.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Despite the whole setting looking like the typical Fantasy setting, according with Risty in the first episode of the first season, the whole setting is really unfair, with poor people starving and the nobles are getting rich at expense of their own people. Leina gets depressed when she finds out about this.
** CrapsackWorld: In the ''QB Rebellion's'' Illustrated Stories, the whole setting becomes this [[spoiler:after Claudette becomes the queen [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to Leina]] and she starts to invade other countries and raising the taxes.]] While it doesn't reach [[{{Berserk}} Berserk-style]] levels of Crapsack-iness, the whole Continent becomes a pale shadow of its former glory. On the other hand, the animated adaptation of ''Rebellion'' doesn't change the setting too much, other than the invasions.
* CrossOver: There's a spinoff series, ''Queen's Gate'', whose main point in crossing over the regular characters with characters from other series and games, like ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', ''VideoGame/FatalFury,'' ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', and others.
** Also recently, there's a non-hentai doujinshi (and also comic strip) named ''Mobile Suit Blade'' in which the girls are depicted as super-deformed versions of many Mobile Suits from the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' saga. For example, Leina, her sisters, Melona and Aldra are depicted as Mobile Suits from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Celestial Being]], Airi as the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Deathscythe]], plus many other examples. And, as this wasn't already ridiculous enough, the same doujinshi also put the girls from Queen's Blade against super-deformed, Gundam-versions of ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha and Fate.]]''
** There's also a freeware PC game named ''Queen's Blade Battle'', who allows the player to use not only both the Queen's Blade and Queen's Gate gamebooks, but also the original Lost World books, the [[MarvelComics Marvel Battlebooks]], [[StarWars both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader gamebooks published years ago]], and even fan-created gamebooks.
** The entire cast appears as special guests in the Japanese online game ''Arc Sign''.
* CrystalDragonJesus: While Melpha and Sigui's religion is never named, it's pretty obvious is based in the Roman Catholicism, including having a pope as their leader and being monotheistic.
* [[spoiler:{{Curse}} - Maybe for preventing [[SpotLightStealingSquad the rest of the original cast to steal the spotlight to the new heroines]] both Hobby Japan (out-universe) and the Swamp Witch (in-universe) cursed most of the original cast so they couldn't be able to fight to most of their full power against her and Claudette in QB Rebellion.]]
* CuttingOffTheBranches: Averted in the gamebooks' continuity: No matter what the rest of the characters with gamebooks do on-story, [[spoiler:other than Leina, no one else wins the Queen's Blade tournament for any unexpected reason and the [[AllThereInTheManual additional books]] explains what happened with the rest of the cast after that, minus Leina since she is the canonical winner of the tournament.]]
* CypherLanguage: In the animated adaptation of ''Rebellion'', the language used in the Continent is a cypher for a ''very bad'' English, except that anyone can read the text with some effort. On ther other hand, in the animated prequels, the text is a mix between English and phonetic Japanese instead.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel, ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' (at least the Illustrated Stories, but not the anime) have a darker narrative and setting, since the QB world transformed from a CrapsaccharineWorld to a full CrapsackWorld in less of a year. Oddly, the anime adaptation doesn't change the status quo too much.
** The prequel manga ''Queen's Blade Rebellion Zero'' is even ''darker'': The FanService is less frequent here and sometimes ''not'' PlayedForLaughs or sexiness, many characters die in a ''very brutal way'' [[spoiler: like Annelotte's foster mother on Airi's hands]] and it's less idealistic and more cynical than the other series.
** The ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' manga adaptation seems to go to this direction, and also overlaping with BloodierAndGorier: Not only the setting is even darker than the original ''Rebellion'' canon, the FanService is even less frequent than ''Zero'' and when it appears, it's [[FanDisservice for the opposite reason]], not to mention the death toll [[spoiler:(at least regarding non-named characters)]] is higher.
** The ''Queen's Gate'' side-stories also counts: While the FanService is cranked UpToEleven, it's used sometimes for [[{{Squick}} squicking]] the reader, rather than the opposite. Since the novels were written in collaboration with ''{{Nitroplus}}'', this can be expected.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Each episode of the OVA series deals with each character (or group of characters) between the originals series an ''Rebellion.'' The only characters that doesn't appear at all are Risty, Claudette and Irma.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: That milk is awfully thick isn't it? Wonder why it always coats a heroine's face, though...
** Also, the 4th Ova episode; When Airi tries to sneak out of Cattleya's house to Drain life force, Rana pleads with her to not do so. His lines are.... well let's just say it sounds like something out an H-manga.
** Echidna's snake, when acting as her "pants", wraps around her waist and covers her naughty bits (not that it leaves much to the imagination anyway). With the position it takes, the snake looks like a certain male part of the body.
* DownerEnding: The whole point of the ''Vanquished Queens'' books, who are WhatIf situations when all the named characters are defeated and their dreams being shattered (or [[{{Squick}} worse]]). Also, [[spoiler:the end of the animated adaptation of ''Rebellion'' counts, since Claudette managed to defeat everyone (unlike what happened in the novelizations) and only Maria/Leina managed prevent the outcome to become a full-blown KillEmAll, by putting herself between the Rebellion Army and her sister ''without fighting her'']].
** This is even '''worse''' for [[spoiler:Alleyne, (at least in the animated canon) since her entire village and her people were destroyed between the events of the original series and ''Rebellion'' and even if the Swamp Witch is defeated, that wouldn't bring back the dead people to life again and she will be the [[LastOfTheirKind last elf of her tribe (excluding Echidna and Nowa)]] in that forest]].
* EldritchAbomination: Nyx's staff is certainly a Lovecraftian horror of some variety, looks rather like [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Shuma-Gorath]] on a stick, and enables Nyx to use a particularly squicky LovecraftianSuperPower variant.
** [[spoiler: Delmore in the anime series is one in the final episode of the second season. In the gamebooks, he's a regular, well-dressed demon, instead.]]
* ElvesVsDwarves: Averted. Ymir befriends a lot with them, especially with Nowa. (As long she doesn't try to sell steel weapons to them).
** Curiously, it's more Elves versus ''Humans'' instead here.
* {{Expy}}: All the characters are gender-swapped versions of some character/archetype from the original Lost Worlds books, and sometimes, of some character from an already-existing series that their original designers created beforehand.
** During the second ''QB Rebellion'' OVA episode, the female leader of the thieves whom Siggy and Ymir fights against her looks like a white-haired version of [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Han Juri]].
** The human boy who works for Huit in the first episode of ''QB Rebellion'' TV series looks like a composite expy from both JimmyOlsen and [[KikisDeliveryService Tombo.]]
** In the second episode of ''QB Rebellion'' TV series, one of the fighters in the illegal fighting match looks like [[Franchise/DotHack BlackRose.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Every single character caters to ''at least'' one fetish, with large breasts being the most common.
** Special mention goes out to Melona, a [[CuteMonsterGirl Slime-Girl]] (aka Goo-Girl).
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Hinomoto, which is clearly Japan, and in fact derived from an alternate way of reading the kanji. Amara, where Menace comes from, is an equally obvious stand-in for Egypt. Also, in Queen's Blade Rebellion, we have Shai-Fang, which is a stand-in for China.
* FantasyGunControl: Excluding the cross-over characters from the Queen's Gate gamebooks, only Vingt, Captain Liliana, Alice and her mother Lewis are the only characters who uses powder-based guns as their means of attack. In Captain Liliana's case, only her pirate ship uses powder-powered cannons, but she uses a rapier and sometimes, a revolver-shaped crossbow.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Possibly due of its origins from the original ''Lost Worlds'' books, not only we have the typical stuff you find in any Fantastic setting (humans, dwarves, elves, etc), if we include both ''Rebellion'', the side-stories and the ''Spiral Chaos'' games, we have princesses, knights, barbarians, ninjas, samurai, thieves, robots, gunslingers, [[{{Miko}} Mikos]], mummies, slimes, ghosts, wraiths, demons, angels, archangels, {{Youkai}}, homunculi, [[{{Mecha}} giant robots]], cooks, priests, nuns, slaves, and sometimes [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot a mix of something of all the above.]][[note]]The only things QB doesn't have (yet) are [[Film/CowboysAndAliens Cowboys, Aliens]], {{Cyborg}}s, [[Film/BlazingSaddles and Methodists]][[/note]]
* FashionableAsymmetry: Most of the characters, though many cases fall into the explanation about armor.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: This happens with all the characters in ''Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos'' since all of them came from different dimensions and time periods.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Nanael hails from one, complete with Greco-Roman architecture.
* GagBoobs: Cattleya. In a world where the standard bust size is huge, one of Cattleya's breasts appears to be as big as roughly half her ''9-year old son's entire body''.
* {{Gainaxing}}: In a WorldOfBuxom, this is expected.
* GenreShift: ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' shifts from fighting in a tournament to waging a war against a queen.
* GondorCallsForAid: In pure fantasy style, the final battle of the first season sees every major named character fighting against an army of the undead.
* GrandFinale: ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' is the grand finale of both Leina and Annelotte's sagas and the end of the regular QB series as a whole, now that ''QB Grimoire'', who take place in a different setting and universe, was recently announced.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear:
** Alleyne covers up herself beneath her (skimpy) outfit with a fig leaf. Even the forest elves have to have ''some'' modesty.
** Melona: Her hair ends in hands which cover her breasts. Remember, she is basically made of goo.
** Echidna's snake Kenta ''is'' her underwear.
* [[spoiler:HappyEndingOverride: Between the original series and ''Rebellion''.]]
* [[HeroesPreferSwords Heroines Prefer Swords]]: Leina in the original series, Annelotte in ''Rebellion'' (besides her lance) and Alicia in ''Grimoire'' uses swords. On the other hand, Alice from the ''Queen's Gate'' novels and games, uses handguns (due to the modern setting of the story) who also can be used as knives too.
* HiddenElfVillage: [[spoiler:It gets destroyed in ''Rebellion''.]]
* HighFantasy
* HighSchoolAU: The bonus omake included on the [=DVDs=], which take the cast out of their fantasy world and into a modern day one, with no change in fanservice level per episode. Although fitting that much fanservice into a 3-minute episode doesn't leave room for much else.
* HimeCut: Tomoe
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: More than ''Historical Domain Character Names'' instead: Many characters are named or their names are puns of famous historical or mythological characters like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menes Menace]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Claudius Claudette]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ymir Ymir]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyx Nyx]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna_%28mythology%29 Echidna]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimir Mirim]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astaroth Annelotte]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leila_%28name%29 Laila]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branwen Branwen]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmilla Lamica from the Spiral Chaos games]]
** The Vances are an interesting case: Their last name is very possible it was based in Creator/JackVance, who was a major influence for ''DungeonsAndDragons'', which Queen's Blade takes some inspiration from.
** Almost all the characters in the ''Queen's Gate'' side-story novels are based in historical or literary characters like [[AliceAllusion Alice]], [[Literature/TheWizardOfOz Dorothy]], [[Creator/LewisCarroll Lewis]], [[Film/ThreeHundred Leonidas]] and many others.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Leina defeats Melona during their second encounter by plugging up her nipples, causing her breasts to swell up with her acidic fluid and explode.
* HotterAndSexier: The original books and related merchandise, the original line was only {{Ecchi}}, but later editions really cranked up a few notches in the {{Fanservice}} department, arguably becoming borderline {{Hentai}}.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen - It's [[AllThereInTheManual explained in many additional materials]] that the Vances (Leina's family) were the former rulers of the Continent before the Queen's Blade tournament was created by the gods after a war that happened centuries ago. For some reason, they lose the power after that war and they became [[ImpoverishedPatrician a mere shadow of their former glory]]. This was one of the reasons why Leina's father hates the QB tournament (besides it was the cause of the death of Maria, his wife). It also became an important plot point in the [=OVAs=]. [[spoiler:When Claudette becomes the new queen thanks to Leina, and the rest of the nobles revolted against her and her father (and her sister Elina almost pays the price for it) since technically they considered the whole Leina's move to forfeit the title to her sister as a very dirty political move to restore their former glory.]]
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: Given the target audience and premise of the franchise, this is not surprising; still it's worth mentioning if one wants to take the story a bit seriously. There are only a few remotely significant male characters in the ''whole franchise'', and even so they are basically token motivations (Owen and Count Vance) or enemies (Delmmore) for the female characters; basically if a man isn't a SatelliteCharacter, he will definitely be a CannonFodder, a {{Mook}}, a PosthumousCharacter, or any other defining role that clearly denotes how useless and unimportant he will be within the story.
** Played with it in the ''Queen's Gate'' novels: While there's many named male characters, practically all of them are the ''bad guys'', (Excluding Rama) and at the end of the story, [[spoiler: all of them, minus Rama, died when Arunikuf, after fussioning with Faye Wright, the main villain, was destroyed by Alice.]]
* InNameOnly: The only thing the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=] shares with the original printed versions is the fact the heroines face some kind of very terrible dilemma, [[spoiler:but not the original [[DownerEnding downer endings]] from them]]. [[TropesAreNotBad This is not a bad thing per se]], since it allows to expand the personalities of many of the characters, not to mention to explain what happened with many characters who doesn't appear in ''Rebellion''.
* {{Introdump}}: The first episode of season two has Nanael listing pretty much everybody to quickly bring the audience up to speed.
* {{Jobber}} - Nyx, Melpha and in less degree Irma (both in the anime series, gamebooks and the ''Spiral Chaos'' games) are the weakest characters both in and out-story and (excluding Irma) they never won a match in canon. In Melpha's case this is justified since she's nun and not much for a fighter and Nyx's Funikura could be a really dangerous opponent.. if his master wasn't such a ''wimp''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Excluding named males, secondary characters, and the licensed characters from ''Queen's Gate'', there's about 19 named characters that appears in both the gamebooks and the anime series. The sequel, ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' adds another ''12 new characters'' (and counting), and that's ''excluding returning characters.'' So, including the prequels, there's about '''32 named heroines''' to this date. And the new series, QB ''Grimoire'' will include ''even more characters'', despite being set in an AlternativeContinuity.
* MacGuffinTitle[=/=]ArtifactTitle: Played with it: Depending of the series, the title has some meaning to the whole plot:
** In the original continuity, the title ''Queen's Blade'' is about the name of the titular tournament. The sequel ''Rebellion'' drops out the tournament and change the setting.
** The ''Queen's Gate'' novels are about the titular dimensional gate that allows to travel through dimensions.
** The title of new series ''Queen's Blade Grimoire'' have two meanings: The ''Grimoire'' are about the magical books the protagonist uses and, unlike the original continuity, the titular ''Queen's Blade'' is a ''proper sword'', the most powerful weapon that can destroy the Winter Demon, the new BigBad in this continuity.
* MagicIsEvil: Despise being a Fantasy series, there's very few people with genuine magic powers, and many of the supernatural fighting techniques are more akin with those used in the {{Shonen}} genre, rather with those of the fantasy genre (Or sometimes, like Claudette, due of some MacGuffin, like her sword). The only people who use magic powers continuously are The Swamp Witch, who is the main antagonist, Nyx (thanks to Funikura, and even ''Aldra and Delmore'' are afraid of him, despise their origins), Menace (thanks to the her master, The Swamp Witch, and she wasn't a wizard in her former life in first place and more as melee fighter instead) and many of the villains from the ''Spiral Chaos'' games. The only exceptions are the angels (Nanael and Hachiel) and Melpha, but their powers are from divine origins, rather than their own.
** In fact, [[WordOfGod Hobby Japan themselves]] heavily implies that is the case.
** This is averted in the newest continuity, ''Grimoire'', when everyone can use magic without guilt.
* MaleGaze: Practically every scene.
* MarshmallowHell: Nanael gets caught in Tomoe's bosom and finds that she has a tough time breathing.
** And the number of times Cattleya casually ''flattens'' her son's head into a breast three times bigger. It's not hell for Rana though neither [[ParentalIncest heaven,]] just run-of-the-mill.
* MayDecemberRomance: Irma and Echidna; this is also a MayflyDecemberRomance as Irma is a human, while Echidna is an elf of more than 500 years of age.
* MerchandiseDriven: The Visual Battle Books are what really ignites any other related product for the franchise, from figurines to {{Anime}}[=/=]{{Manga}} and VideoGames; ''Hobby Japan'' itself are endorsed by other companies to make merchandise of their products, so making some for their in-house creation comes off as expected.
* {{Miko}}: Tomoe
* MoodWhiplash - The franchise seems to love this trope a lot, especially in the anime series and the ''Spiral Chaos'' games, normally at the halfway of the plot:
** '''First season''':[[spoiler: While not as extreme as in later incarnations, the episode 7 is moderately depressing, since Nanael complains about how she's discriminated for having a deformed wing, and being unable to fly well as the rest of the more normal angels, like Hachiel.]]
** '''Second season''':[[spoiler: Tomoe kills Shizuka as a plan from the latter for forcing her to fight to the death. Cattleya is pretrified by Aldra, and Airi dissapears after losing all her life force.]]
** '''Rebellion (Anime):'''[[spoiler: After fighting Annelotte against Mirim and trying to destroy her Magical Stones from her armor, her SuperPoweredEvilSide finally showns up and Captain Liliana stole Vignt from both Ymir and Huit.]]
** '''Rebellion (Illustrated Stories):'''[[spoiler: Too many to mention, but the aforementionated scene from the anime with Annelotte happens in different fashion and it's bloodier than the animated one and Ymir, Elina and Mirim barely escaped alive from that battle.]]
** '''Rebellion (Manga)''': [[spoiler:Same as the anime and the Illustrated Stories, except the aforementionated battle from the Illustrated Stories is even [[BloodierAndGorier messier and bloodier, even for the standards of the franchise]]]].
** '''Rebellion Zero''': [[spoiler: Too many to mention too. Just in the beginning of the story, Airi kills Annelotte's mother and her father pulls out an HeroicSacrifice to stop Annelotte when she went into her SuperPoweredEvilSide due of her rage.]]
** '''Queen's Blade Spiral Chaos''': [[spoiler: Cute reveals her SuperPoweredEvilSide and her real name.]]
** '''Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos''': [[spoiler: Weiss, the final boss, appears for first time, the heroines cannot be able to defeat her, and Cute, Ramshel and Sushel pulls out both a FusionDance and a HeroicSacrifice of sorts at the same time to stop her.]]
* {{Mordor}}: The Swamp when The Swamp Witch lives.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Averted with Cattleya and Risty, who least on a raw strength level, far outclass most of the fighters.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: {{Ninja}} [[{{Miko}} Shrine Maidens]].
* NintendoHard: Compared with the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games they based of, the ''Spiral Chaos'' games are much harder than the regular SRW games: You begin the game with few characters and some of them, especially Jean, are too weak to pick a fight against many enemies (especially named ones). You don't have a battleship or something equivalent in those games for recovering HP for free and you have to use items for that, and you have buy them or get them from defeated enemies and unlike the recent mainstream SRW games, the ''Spiral Chaos'' games use the classical SRW method of upgrading your character (your weapon and each part of their armor and each upgrade cost money). You have to use Jean for recruiting the Monsters Girls while you manage to find the rest of the cast and, above all, grinding (or cheating, if you like it) is ''almost mandatory'' in those games.
** The one thing ''Queen's Gate'' has compared to SRW games is that it has a "Free Battle Mode" to train your other characters so that they won't get left behind.
* TheNudifier: Melona's "acid breast milk", and the mucus from the [[OneWingedAngel Kouma toad]], though the latter is more to demobilize.
* NumericalThemeNaming: All the angels from the Queen's Blade universe (excluding Layla from QB Rebellion) are named after numbers in Latin and ending their names with the Hebrew ''-el" suffix. For some odd reason, Nanael and Hachiel have their names beginning with Japanese numbers (seven and eight, respectively) instead.
* OnlyOneName: Everyone, except Leina, Elina, Annelotte, Fio, Maron, Alice, Dorothy and Goldie. Justified, as being set in medieval world, only nobility can use last names. Alice and Dorothy, being both from the modern era Earth, has them by default.
* PantyFighter
* PerpetuallyShinyBodies
* PerspectiveFlip: ''Hide & Seek'' is about Elina's SternChase of her sister
* PornWithPlot: What begins with the transparent excuse plot common to {{Panty Fighter}}s develops into something more.
** ExcusePlot: The original gamebooks only had a very basic plot for all the characters, subverted later with the anime and manga adaptations that expand the plot even more. This could be an improvement over the original American ''Lost Worlds'' gamebooks, who didn't had ''any kind of plot'' at all.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Though women in the series can be both good and evil, all of the evil ones get at least something approaching a PetTheDog moment or a MoralityPet. Not only are men usually faceless outlines or [[MenAreTheExpendableGender crow-fodder]], they're all evil or [[AllMenArePerverts lecherous]] [[JerkAss assholes]].
* PragmaticAdaptation: Since the original gamebooks only had a [[ExcusePlot very basic plot]], many adaptations of the franchise has to adapt the plot from many other sources, mainly from [[AllThereInTheManual additional books]]. The anime is possibly the most notable example of this: Basically it takes the originally premise of the franchise and expands the personalities of many of the characters, especially Leina: While in the gamebooks she was a HotBlooded heroine since day one, in the anime she's turned into an angsty girl with an inferiority complex at first, and the rest of the cast also receives improvements in their personalities, especially Nanael and Tomoe.
* PutOnABus: The only returning characters from the previous series in ''Rebellion'' are Ymir, Elina, Risty, Menace, Airi [[spoiler:Claudette as a queen, Leina under a new identity, Melona impersonating Ymir and Melpha becoming an archbishop at the end of Siggy's story.]]. The fate of the rest of the cast are explained in different side-stories (Tomoe, Alleyne, Nanael and Nowa) or it's never explained whatsoever (Irma and Echidna, albeit in the animated adaptation, [[spoiler: Risty crippled her for life, possibly and Echidna was last seen in the ''Beautiful Warriors'' [=OVA=], helping Leina]].
** PutOnABusToHell: Menace in any media outside the Illustrated Stories, due [[YukoGoto her voice actress]] having a serious case of Lupus.
** TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Nanael in the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=], after everyvbody thought she would not be able to return to the franchise due of her [[Creator/AyaHirano voice actress]] quitting her agency after her infamous sex scandal]].
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Aldra. Well, against Heavens and Hells, really.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: While this is normally averted in the TV series for obvious reasons (except during the final battles from both seasons), it's played straight in the ''Spiral Chaos'' games: Including the TV series along, we have five princesses (Leina, her sisters, Ymir and Cute, each one with different personality quirks), a thief (Risty), an angel (Nanael), a sword-wealding miko (Tomoe), an half-elf (Nowa) and her instructor, a normal Elf (Alleyne), a Mercenary Elf (Echidna), a big-breasted Monster hunter (Cattleya) and her son (Rana), an assassin (Irma), a dimensional-traveling gunslinger (Alice), a Magical Cook (Maron), a queen (Aldra), a nun (Melpha), a street-fighting {{Ojou}} ([[{{Tekken}} Lili]]), three ninjas (Shizuka, [[FatalFury Mai Shiranui]] and [[IchibanUshiroNoDaimaou Junko Hattori]], make it ''four'' later with the inclusion of [[SoulSeries Taki]], or ''five'' if we also include [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Kasumi]]), a MagicalGirl (Ink), a nurse (Kotone-chan) a [[HenshinHero Power Ranger-wannabe]] (Wonder Momo), two humanoid girls with massive power ([[GuiltyGear Dizzy]] and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Noel Vermillion]]), a jungle girl ([[SamuraiShodown Cham Cham]]), a ninja maid ([[SamuraiShodown Iroha]]), a Medieval dominatrix ([[SoulSeries Ivy]]), two [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] Samurai ([[LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls Jubei Yagyu and Sanada Yukimura]]), a [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Three Kingdoms]] General ([[KoihimeMusou Kan'u/Aisha]]), a girl infused with an evil sword power ([[SoulSeries Pyrrha]]), the reincarnation of the last Tsaritsa of Russia (Katja) and her servant, a pedophile bully (Hana), ... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and a perverted male Cleric.]] (Jean)
** The villains are not better about this: We have a Slime Girl (Melona), a Wraith Maid (Airi), a lesbian Cleopatra-wannabe (Menace), and her talking perverted sceptre (Setra), a Witch (Dora), a vampire (Lamica), a Bunny-heared IdolSinger (Luna), a gothic gunslinger (Aine), a Mecha-otaku (Humina) [[spoiler: two underage-looking priestesses (Ramshel and Sushel) and a girl in a giant Mecha (Weiss).]]
** And in ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'', due of the change of genre (from fighting in a tournament to waging a civil war), in the heroic side we have a [[spoiler: half-human half-demon]] princess (Annelotte), an underage-looking genius elf (Huit), a Robot Elf (Vingt), Two Ghost-hunting sisters [[spoiler:(and one of them is a boy in drag)]] (Tanyan and Sanyan), an half-angel half-human girl (Layla), a {{Stripperific}} jungle girl (Luna-Luna), a Samurai (Izumi), a Slave (Branwen) and many of the returning cast of the previous series.
** And in the Villainous Side in ''Rebellion'' we have some of the heroines turned-on villians [[spoiler:(Elina, Ymir and Claudette, this time as a queen)]] a Ghost pirate (Captain Liliana), a Valkyrie (Mirim), a nun (Siggy), some of the returning villains of the prequel, and the Swamp Witch, a very powerful and mysterious figure who is behind all the events.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Many characters, especially Leina, really love to use this tactic against their opponents.
* RapeDiscretionShot: [[http://manga.animea.net/queen-s-blade-hide-seek-chapter-9-page-26.html This page]] from ''Hide 'n Seek'', complete with falling rosebud, makes it clear that [[spoiler: Elina rapes Nyx, which is alluded to [[http://manga.animea.net/queen-s-blade-hide-seek-chapter-9-page-25.html here]]]], without having to show it.
* RapunzelHair: Tomoe, Aldra, Alleyne, Nowa, and Airi.
* ReallyDeadMontage: When [[spoiler:Tomoe kills Shizuka]].
* RedshirtArmy: The Queen's Army in ''Rebellion'' is a literal example, since their armor is ''red''.
* RevisedEnding: The DVD version of the first season fixed a potential PlotHole regarding Melona in the final episode: [[spoiler:In the original TV broadcast, she transforms into the Demon Snake, and she was destroyed along her by Leina, possibly for giving the series a proper ending in the case the series couldn't be given a second season. Since the series received a second season, not to mention her potential death could violate the ContractualImmortality clause used in the franchise regarding named characters, the DVD version retcon this and Melona just summons the Demon Snake, while Melona becomes her shield, and while the the demon was destroyed, she managed to escape on time]].
* RockBeatsLaser - In ''Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos'', due to the fact you have to travel to different worlds with different technological levels, it's not unusual that the ''Queen's Blade'' heroines (who are from a Medieval setting) had to fight against more advanced opponents like robots, people with guns, or even [[spoiler:against a {{Mecha}} on foot (Weiss, the final boss), with nothing more that swords, maces, magical powers, handguns, and sometimes with their ''bare hands!'']]
* RoyallyScrewedUp: While not as bad like many other examples, the Vances (excluding Leina and her mother Maria) aren't exactly the most sanest aristocrats. The Queen's Blade tournament exists because of ''them''. [[spoiler:And this becomes [[FromBadToWorse worse in Rebellion]] when Claudette becomes the queen, and the Swamp Witch curses her, although she only [[UpToEleven amplified Claudette's worst traits as a person]]. And her sister Elina becomes a borderline monster in ''Rebellion'', despise not being cursed like Claudette.]]
* SchizoTech[=/=]MagiTech: Despise the Fantastic setting, normal people can watch the battles of the tournament using magical crystal balls floating in the sky, who are the Fantasy version of a [[Franks2000InchTV widescreen giant TV normally used for watching sport events for free in the street in real life]]. (In the gamebook continuity, the same ones appears, but they are smaller and used in pubs, just like a flat-screen HD TV in a bar in real life)
** Taken to ridiculous levels in ''Rebellion'' (at least in the TV series, since the regular countinuity the technological level didn't change a lot) since we can see Ymir using a magic-powered ''car'', and Vingt, who is a wind-up powered ''robot'' elf with machine guns and being able to ''fly''.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Applies in episode 5 of the Utsukushiki Toushi-Tachi OVA, where Nanael plucks a Holy Grape and is banished to the Swamp. Down in the Swamp she eats the grape and decides to become a Fallen Angel, then running amok. After nearly killing both Hachiel and Melpha, she is suddenly returned to heaven by the Chief Angel, who reveals the whole thing is a test of character, which she somehow passed.
* ShoutOut: The game ''Queen's Blade Spiral Chaos'' includes many shout outs from many mecha anime (''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', etc.) and some non-mecha too (''Anime/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', etc.) Justified, because the game was programmed by Banpresto, the creators of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series.
** Also, if you press the Select + Start buttons together to activate the Panic Mode, in the first game, you will see Leina in a 8-bit RPG game DragonQuest-style and in the sequel, you will see Jean and Maron (the new [[OriginalGeneration original character]]) parodying VideoGame/MegaMan instead.
** Many stages from the ''Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos'' game are named after episodes or titles from other anime series, mainly from the {{Mecha}} genre, like [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam "Blood-sucking Princess of Sorrow"]][[note]]哀・吸血姫, a parody of 哀・戦士 (Soldiers of Sorrow), one of the most famous songs of that series.[[/note]], [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Booby Trap]][[note]]Named after the first episode of the series[[/note]], [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of]] [[{{Moetan}} Ink]] and [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Weiss' Ambition.]]]][[note]]Named after the game Mobile Suit Gundam: Ghiren's Ambition[[/note]]
** The masked male {{Mooks}} that appear in ''Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos'' looks like the ones from [[KamenRider Shocker.]] (With even their high-pitched yells, to boot.)
** While it could be a coincidence, and from ''all the things'' they could reference in the series, [[spoiler: The Mobile Fortress Bligh from ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' can be a shout out from Literature/{{Discworld}}.]]
** In the ''Queen's Blade Battle'' fangame, if you put both Melona and Captain Liliana in a tag team, their tag team is named ''[[GratefulDead Ungrateful Undead]]''.
** The titular ''Queen's Gate'' from the ''QG Spiral Chaos'' looks like a combination between a [[EndlessFrontier Cross Gate]] and the [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]
** The [=titular=] tournament being organized each four years sounds like the rules from another fighting tournament, ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam except that the fighters use Gundams]]'' (at least in the animated version).
** [[spoiler:The Holy Milk Monster Ellosium from the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=] looks like a combination between [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion the EVA-01]] (without the armor) and [[Manga/AttackOnTitan a Titan]]]].
* ShowSomeLeg: Everyone, but Risty gets a special mention since her thong/crocs combo shows the most (i.e. everything).
* SlasherSmile: Melona
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Until the official website for the anime spelled things out in English, some characters didn't quite have a lock on their names. Note that this page isn't even consistent.
* SpiritualSuccessor The ''Spiral Chaos'' games technically are spiritual successors of the Banpresto's Playstation game ''Super Tokusatsu Wars 2001'' which was the first game using the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' engine, but with human-sized characters from the {{Tokusatsu}} genre like KamenRider, {{Kikaider}}, etc. Both games manage to get one in the shape of ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle''.
** The franchise itself can be a spiritual successor of sorts from ''Manga/RuinExplorers'', also from Hobby Japan, who also take place in a fantasy setting and the main characters are also female.
* StatusQuoIsGod: More than the Status Quo is ''Maintained by the Gods'': The whole series (at least during the Leina and Annelotte's sagas) makes it clear the Queen's Blade tournament is possibly the only thing that keeps the whole setting in check, since the whole Continent is recovering from a previous war that happened many decades before, and the gods created the tournament for avoiding another war that could [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the Continent or even the entire world.]] [[spoiler: In ''Rebellion's'' Illustrated Stories, our heroines, after many battles, decided to restore the former status quo, even if that ''status quo'' is the one who caused the whole mess in first place. In fact, after defeating Claudette, they found about this ''the hard way'', as they can't kill her, or even vanish her, [[YouCannotFightFate since the gods (or Leina) choose her as the queen]].]]
* [[spoiler:TheStinger: ''Queen's Blade Rebellion'' (and the whole Continent Saga as a whole) ends with the Swamp Witch defeated for good... except that we see Airi carrying what was remained from the real Swamp Witch after Aldra and Annelotte managed to remove her from her mother Werbellia, and trying to find another host for her.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: 99% of all characters. {{Lampshaded}} in 2nd episode of the second season when Tomoe comments on the other fighters.
** Literally the point of the game. Battles can be won by doing a "Perfect Knockdown", that is, stripping the enemy of all their "armor". Pictures are presented.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne
* ThouShaltNotKill: While the tournament is very brutal by itself, it's '''not allowed''' to kill the opponent, unless there's no other choice.
* ThreeAmigos: While they are not always together (except in few episodes and in the ''Spiral Chaos'' games), Leina, Tomoe and Nanael can be considered as such, since they were the first characters released as gamebooks when the franchise began in 2005. They also appear in the cover of ''Queen's Blade Spiral Chaos'' (despite not being the ''main characters'' at first) and their respective [=VAs=] sang the ED theme of the first season).
** Melona, Airi and Menace are also a villanous version of this trope.
* TooHotForTV
* TournamentArc: The whole second season is about the titular tournament.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood sausages for everyone! Eaten quite ....strangely at times.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers of the [=OVAs=] make you believe that many of the characters will face a serious life-threatning danger or maybe doing something nefarious [[spoiler:(like Nanael), but at the end, everyone lives, [[BittersweetEnding but not always in a satisfactory way.]]]]
* TranslationConvention: It's heavely implied during all the series that none of the Western characters (Leina, Elina, Nowa, etc.) speaks Japanese at all and they speak a language based in glyphs (Althrough it's implied in ''Rebellion'' to be ''English'', [[{{Wingdinglish}} with a different, alien typography]]). On the other side, Tomoe and Shizuka speaks Ancient Japanese, but it's never explained how they managed to understand the language of the rest of the cast, since both girls never traveled outside their country in their lives. In a very funny twist, they tried to learn the language using a very old scroll with ''Russian'' greetings instead.
** This is a plot point (of sorts) in ''Queen's Blade Rebellion:'' While is never mentioned on-story, Tanyan supposedly speaks with a Chinese accent, but Sanyan speaks the local language without any accent at all.
** Also, it's also implied that the non-human characters (Alleyne, Echidna, Ymir, etc) speaks in their own languages, but they are possibly bilingual since they have to interact with humans a lot (especially Ymir).
** This is also the case in ''Queen's Blade Grimoire'', except that, besides speaking English, the characters also uses ''Hebrew'', of all languages, for some reason.
** In ''Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos'', this is averted like ''hell'' with [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Chample]], who speaks '''only''' in Okinawan, despise her master Mina who is also from there, also speaks "Japanese" (or whatever language used in-universe) like everyone else.
* VagueAge: According with [[WordOfGod Hans]] (The avatar of Hobby Japan), most of the human characters doesn't have established ages. The only exceptions to this are Cattleya (she's about 29-32), her son Rana (7 years old) and Aldra (12 years,[[spoiler:albeit her real age is about 20 in the original series and 21 in ''Rebellion'' as she won two previous tournaments before, so she's ruling the Continent for about 8 years]]) and from the non-human side we have Echidna (about 500), Alleyne (1000), Nowa (about 17), Ymir (60-70) and Eilin (50 years). This doesn't include the angels like Nanael and Hachiel, who are possibly inmortals. Oddly enough, in the ''Spiral Chaos'' games, [[OriginalGeneration the original characters]] Cute, Jean, Maron and Aruta looks older than 15 but not older than 19.
* VaporWear
** Airi literally. Ironically, Besides Tomoe, Her outfit reveals the least.
* VillainSong: The second season ending theme, "buddy-body", sung by Melona, Menace and Airi.
* VillainsOutShopping: Melona, Menace and Airi in episode 7.
* WardrobeMalfunction: The DVD version of the anime applies logic to everyone's outfits - which is to say, if their nipples would slip at a given point, they do.
* [[WeAllLiveInAmerica We All Live In Japan]]: Despite the Western European Medieval setting of the series, some Japanese stuff still prevails on it: The biggest offenders are the armors of the Vance County [[spoiler:and later, the Claudette's army's]] soldiers, who looks a lot like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashigaru Ashigaru]] soldiers from the Japanese Sengoku period, the members of the Assassins of the Fang are Medieval Ninjas and we can hear a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benshi woman who sounds like a Benshi]] [[spoiler:annoucing the final battle between Leina and Aldra in the second season]].
* WhamEpisode: While the whole franchise has ''lots'' of these for continuity, possibly the biggest one to this date is the third episode of the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=] because [[spoiler:Leina, the main heroine from, until that episode and after she won the tournament she was considered basically ''untouchable'' by any mere mortal other than the Swamp Witch]], receives possibly one of the most one-sided, brutal and undeserved ''beatings'' a character from the franchise (and possibly, in all fiction) can even receive. And, if we include the non-canon alternative ending, [[spoiler:it's heavily implied she even ends being '''raped''' by the Swamp Witch and her supporters, male and female alike, with the sole exception of [[EvenEvilHasStandards Captain Liliana]]]].
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: We don't know the name of the country or even ''the name of the continent where the series takes place''.
** In fact, both the animated versions and the gamebooks makes it clear that the continent when all the story takes place ''doesn't have a name'' and it's only refered on-story as ''The Continent''. This is possibly intentional, since there's very few things written on stone about the whole setting, other than the rules of the titular tournament, so the authors can put any kind of stuff without worrying about contradicting themselves about the setting.
** This is averted in ''Queen's Blade Grimoire'' since the name of the country the story takes place is named ''Melfareland''.
* WorldOfBuxom: The majority of the cast are very busty and greatly outnumber the characters who have smaller breast sizes.
* YouTasteDelicious: In the third episode, Leina is tricked into oil wrestling Echidna (she thought it would be mud wrestling like earlier in the episode), during the match Echinda licks some oil off her check, which might be the tamest thing she did to her in the match.
** Airi said this to everyone she met; since she "eats" life-force she can sense what her enemies will "taste" like, even anticipating that Nanael would "taste" so bad it might kill her a second time. Although Airi really only drained a few characters and a bunch of extras.