[[caption-width-right:300:You ''will'' remember to call them "LovelyAngels", [[BerserkButton won't you?]] ]]

->''"It's not our fault!"''

Humanity has abandoned Earth and spread across the galaxy, but that doesn't mean there aren't any problems any more. In fact, there are quite a lot of them, and some of them are worse than people could have dreamed of before going into space. An agency of the galactic government called the Worlds Welfare & Works Association ("3WA") has its own special way of dealing with these problems -- it dispatches teams of highly-trained, well-equipped troubleshooters, called "Trouble Consultants", to find the trouble and, well, [[ExactWords shoot it.]]

One of the most successful teams of Trouble Consultants is the "LovelyAngels", two college-age girls who have a near-perfect success record. However, they also have the rather unfair reputation of blowing up everything they touch (for the record, only ''a third'' of their missions have ever ended with something being destroyed, and it's ''never actually their fault''), which has led to their unofficial and hated nickname of the "Dirty Pair". On the other side of matters, a list of the things they have accidentally blown up would include a number of ''inhabited planets,'' so it's not as if their infamy is wholly undeserved.

Novelist Haruka Takachiho first created the Pair in 1979, in a series of stories published as LightNovels set in the same continuity as his other series ''LightNovel/CrusherJoe'' (which debuted 2 years earlier). The production studio Creator/{{Sunrise}} adapted the stories into a successful action/comedy TV series in 1985, which continued into a movie, an {{OVA}} series, and two feature-length {{OVA}}s. In 1994, the franchise was rebooted as ''Dirty Pair Flash''. Meanwhile, Adam Warren (future author of ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'') and [[LesserStar Toren Smith]] (of translation house Studio Proteus, who left after the first three miniseries) obtained the rights to create an English-original [[{{Animesque}} manga-styled]] ''Dirty Pair'' comic miniseries for Creator/DarkHorseComics, technically based on the original novels instead of the anime. As for the light novels themselves, they continued to be published all the way until ''2007'', when the eighth and final one was finally released.

The ''Dirty Pair'' anime was originally translated in the US by Creator/StreamlinePictures in [[TheNineties the 90s]], with the release of the movie and feature-length {{OVA}}s. Later, Creator/ADVFilms released ''Flash'', the {{OVA}} series, the feature-length {{OVA}}s, and the movie. They had plans to release the original TV series, which fell through due to poor sales. However, the TV series was finally [[http://dirty-pair.rightstuf.com/ licensed]] and released by Creator/NozomiEntertainment. Nozomi followed up by re-releasing the movie, the original {{OVA}}s, and ''Flash'' in 2012, including both the ADV Films and the Streamline dubs (where applicable). The TV series is currently available on Website/YouTube (via Creator/MangaEntertainment for Nozomi) and DVD.

Creator/DarkHorseComics published translations of the first two light novels. They also published the comics by Adam Warren (after the original publisher Eclipse Comics went out of business), but those are out of print now.

Also, starting in March 2010, the {{seinen}} manga magazine Monthly Comic Ryu published an adaptation of the first light novel, ''[[http://www.tokuma.co.jp/ryu/manga/m_dp.html The Great Adventures of the Dirty Pair,]]'' which was collected in two volumes. The artist for this version was Hisao Tamaki, who is most famous for the manga adaptation of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope''.

More information about the ''Dirty Pair'', in all of their incarnations, is available at the website [[http://www.elenorecity.com/home.html Tea Time in Elenore City.]]

(Original entry text written by Rob Kelk for [[http://robkelk.ottawa-anime.org/primer/ The Anime Primer,]] and used with permission of the author.)



[[folder:Original ''Dirty Pair'']]
* AbsentAliens: There is faster-than-light travel and humans have colonized the whole galaxy, but there are no aliens. There are two exceptions outisde the series: The OVA "Affair of Nolandia" does have alien ruins and the technology that resides within, and in ''Project EDEN'' a scientist uses a dormant piece of an alien in his experiments. Everything other piece of technology or strange creature you see is man-made.
* ActionPrologue: TheMovie has one, not too surprising since it (and especially the opening credits) is very much a ''Film/JamesBond'' {{homage}} / {{pastiche}}.
* AIIsACrapshoot: B.R.I.A.N. from episode one of the original series.
* AllergicToLove: In both the TV series and ''Flash''; both sufferers were rich, and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity did Ensue]].
* AlphabetArchitecture: The 3WA complex is a set of buildings that spell out "WWWA".
* AlternateContinuity: ''Dirty Pair Flash'', Adam Warren's [[{{Animesque}} Amerimanga]], the classic anime, and the original LightNovels.
* AngelsPose: The many BackToBackBadass variants throughout the series, but the most famous one is the one in the EyeCatch, with Kei on the right ready to shoot and Yuri on the left springing to action with a whip.
* AnimationBump:
** ''Project EDEN'' has a brighter color palette, more detailed designs and more fluid animation than the other animated installments.
** ''Flight 005 Conspiracy'' serves as one to the other [=OVAs=].
* {{Arcology}}: Damocles Tower from the 1985 series, the Angels' home. The tower leans at a visible angle in every appearance after the first episode, and all the other residents remember that Kei and Yuri were involved. (It wasn't their fault!)
* ArtShift: A rather subtle one- episodes 10, 13, 15, 17 and 24 of the 1985 series were outsourced to Creator/StudioGallop (the series' photography subcontractor), resulting in a more cartoony look for the characters than the other episodes.
* BathKick: Yuri kicks Carson for falling into her bubble bath.
* BathtubScene: The most prominent one being in the movie ''Project EDEN''.
* BattleButler: Bruno from the Movie.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' call Kei and Yuri the "Dirty Pair" to their faces. ("That's "LovelyAngels", dammit!")
* BruceLeeClone: One of these shows up in an episode of the classic anime {{OVA}}s.
* CallingCard: An episode of the TV anime has the Angels as bait for a SerialKiller, posing as a door-to-door salesman, who specializes in killing attractive young women in their apartments and carving one of the letters "B, K, P, Q, R" on their foreheads. [[spoiler:The reveal is that there were two serial killers -- playing chess with each other, using the letters and the victims' room numbers to represent their moves.]]
* TheCameo:
** In episode 14, when Kei is watching TV, we briefly see one TV channel showing something featuring LightNovel/CrusherJoe. The ''Crusher Joe'' movie itself features a longer [[ShowWithinAShow show-within-the-show]] cameo appearance of Kei, Yuri, and Mugi. Since the original light novel versions of ''Crusher Joe'' and ''Dirty Pair'' are part of the same continuity, these qualify as {{continuity nod}}s or {{mythology gag}}s. Joe and company also pop up on Mughi's screen (as do the Yaz versions of the Angels) right before the big fight in ''Project EDEN''.
** A scene from the movie which has Kei and Yuri crashing a hover-car through the lobby of a building has [[Manga/UruseiYatsura Lum]] amongst the crowd of people running away in fear.
* CanonForeigner: Several in each of the several adaptations. The "classic" anime has [[RobotBuddy Nanmo]] and [[DaChief Chief Gooley]].
* CartwrightCurse: Both Kei and Yuri have a habit of would be boyfriends not surviving the episode.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: It's about as easy as air travel is today.
* ChainmailBikini: {{Hand wave}}d in the novels with a "transparent polymer sheath" worn over the bikinis for protection. The author had based the design of the uniforms on female ProfessionalWrestling outfits.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Yuri got a message from someone who made one to her in the TV series.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Carson D. Carson from ''Project EDEN''.
* TheCon:
** One TV episode has the Angels agreeing to help a handsome ConMan with his latest job -- talking a drug kingpin into agreeing to buy a worthless planet by way of the ViolinScam. The con man tries to betray the Angels so he can flee with the money, but he doesn't get away with it.
** In one of the Classic OVA episodes ("No One's Playing Anymore"), the Angels masquerade as a pair of rival {{Professional Gambler}}s in order to infiltrate a crooked casino, prove that the establishment's most popular game is rigged, and break a fellow Trouble Consultant's crippling gambling addiction.
* CoolShip: The ''Lovely Angel.'' Even though its appearance is different for every series, OVA and movie.
* CyberPunk: Both the classic anime version and ''Flash'' flirt with this.
* DaChief: Chief Gooley is like Film/JamesBond's M, only more ill-tempered.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The tone of ''Affair of Nolandia'' and ''Flight 005 Conspiracy'' are ''much'' more somber and serious compared to the tone of the series.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Kei is the UrExample of this trope.
* DeathDealer: Yuri and the Bloody Card.
* DestructiveSaviour: Not all the time, but enough.
* DiabolusExMachina: The Dirty Pair's absurdly destructive luck constantly triggers ways for their missions to end in disaster.
* DieHardOnAnX: The first episode of the TV anime[[note]]Three years before ''Film/DieHard''[[/note]] introduced Kei and Yuri fighting their way through an {{arcology}} tower whose A.I., B.R.I.A.N., is trying to KillAllHumans.
%%* DitchTheBodyguards
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The movie features a struggle between two political powers constantly on the verge of war. When you see those powers' ''flags'', it becomes all too obvious that it's a Cold War thing.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Kei in the original series.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: But it's never their fault.
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: As the "muscle" of the pair, [[{{Tomboy}} Kei]] can carry around men far heavier than she is.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Professor Wattsman from ''Project EDEN''.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl
* {{Fanservice}}: They don't call'em "{{battle bikini}}s" for ''nothing'', you know.
%%* FashionableAsymmetry
* FashionDissonance: It's obvious the anime versions were made during TheEighties just by looking at Kei's and Yuri's character designs.
* FantasticDrug: In the OVA series, we are introduced to a drug called "hustle" which promotes muscle growth and gives the user feelings of invincibility.
* FinaglesLaw: The reason for the titular nickname and everybody fearing it: the Lovely Angels are so destructive by pure bad luck that people expect apocalyptic destruction (and them being casualties) every time they are around.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Kei, as the narrator of the light novels.
%%* FuroScene
* FutureSpandex: Worn by the heroines.
* GenderBlenderName: Kei
* GeniusDitz: Both of the Angels tend to act like some variety of the BrainlessBeauty until it's time to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]]. And sometimes, even then...
* GirlsWithGuns: Probably kicked off the genre, at least within anime.
* GodzillaThreshold: The Lovely Angels are the absolute last resort.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Used to great effect in ''Flight 005 Conspiracy''. [[spoiler:When Danny is murdered, we don't see his face getting blown apart. Instead, it occurs offscreen with a sickening squelch sound, accompanied by some viscera hitting Kei in the face.]]
* TheGraduateHomageShot: Used in one of the episodes of the [=OAVs=].
* GrandTheftMe: One TV episode has the Angels hired by a space travel magnate to deliver a ransom to a woman who'd kidnapped his young heir; the ActionPrologue for the episode has the "kidnapper" rescue him from an arranged marriage. The pair seem to be in love through most of the episode, but as soon as the BriefcaseFullOfMoney is in her hands, she delivers a speech to her lover about how [[WasItAllALie It Was All a Lie]]... until the briefcase gets knocked out of her hands. The briefcase also carried a device that let the magnate's secretary([=/=][[TheDragon Dragon]]) take over the woman's body as the finale of a BatmanGambit to break the couple up. (See TimeDilation for what happens next.)
* HairColors:
** Kei's is supposed to be red, but it usually looks orange, if not ''pink''.
** Yuri's hair is described in the novels as black, but Adam Warren's is the only adaptation that doesn't change it to blue or violet.
* HeroesRUs: The 3WA
* HeroInsurance: ''Definitely'' parodied by the Angels' record.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The trope was started by editors trying to figure out where to place Kei and Yuri's partnership. Sometimes extrapolated by fans to GirlsLove.
%%* HomageShot
%%* HumongousMecha
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Those "battle bikinis" again.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Unsurprisingly, Chief Gooley keeps a bottle in his desk -- a bottle of antacid.
* InTheBlood: All members of Lucifer are related to each other by blood--even very (and that is ''very'') distant relatives are scouted for recruitment by way of playing the "IAmYourFather" card.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Yuri
* KillAllHumans: B.R.I.A.N., the MasterComputer controlling the arcology where the Angels live in the first episode of the TV anime.
* LandingInSomeonesBathtub: In Yuri's tub, and then Kei's tub.
* LaserBlade: Kei gets to use one in ''Project EDEN''.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the original series, when Yuri suggests that if life were a TV show, a hunk would offer them a lift. [[LaserGuidedKarma Cue an old man.]]
* LightNovels
* LingerieScene: One episode of the anime series has Kei running around in a bra and panties.
* LockedInAFreezer: Kei gets trapped in a refrigerator in the final TV episode, in an incident involving the last piece of cheesecake and a fire extinguisher. [[spoiler:All it does is give her a cold.]]
* LogicBomb: Kei manages to pull this on the supercomputer B.R.I.A.N. in the first episode of the TV series, by double-dog-daring it to calculate whether she or Yuri is more attractive -- distracting it long enough to arrange a TeleFrag.
* LovableRogue: Carson D. Carson, small-time thief and smuggler
* LovelyAngels: The TropeNamer
* MadScientist: Professor Wattsman. By the end of the movie he's still convinced that he's just shy of total control of the universe.
* MasterComputer: The 3WA Central Computer, which assigns the Pair's cases, investigates the aftermath, and clears them of guilt. Several other examples appear throughout the franchise.
* MegaNeko: Mughi
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[ApocalypseHow Buildings, worlds, and even entire solar systems destroyed.]] Remember: It's ''never'' their fault.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A frequent occurrence. For example:
** ''Project EDEN'': Mysterious industrial sabotage -> EvilutionaryBiologist making monsters from GreenRocks.
* MsFanservice: Both of them wear a uniform that consist of a low-cut, [[BareYourMidriff midriff-bearing halter]] and [[WhoWearsShortShorts short-shorts]]. (And this is from 1985, no less.)
* MuggedForDisguise: Done by Yuri when she poses as a train attendant in one episode. The real attendant ends up BoundAndGagged inside a cupboard.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: "Lucifer", which mainly plays a role in the novels. The organization is responsible for the events of ''Flight 005 Conspiracy'', and the BigBad of ''Flash'' is a member.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Pretty much the point of the series.
* NonhumanSidekick: Mughi
* NoodleIncident: The Claretta trinary star incident, among others.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Played with in one episode:
-->"Head over to the biogenetics lab right away!"\\
"I can't make it today."\\
"Why not?"\\
"I have that monthly, um... you know..."\\
"Oh... you mean...?"\\
"I've got a date!"
%%* OddCouple
* PantyFighter: Are there, perhaps, too many versions of the Battle Bikini? As a topic name, anyway -- you can ''never'' have too many versions of a Battle Bikini...
* PersonaNonGrata: Usually happens in the aftermath of their cases, assuming [[EarthShatteringKaboom there's a place left to ban anything]]...
* PreExplosionGlow
* PsychicPowers: Kei and Yuri have {{Wonder Twin|Powers}} Clairvoyance in the LightNovels. Adam Warren's version [[DoingInTheWizard Does in the Wizard]] by explaining it as a prank.
* {{Pun}}: There's one OVA episode about an illegal steroid called "Hustle", and the English dub is unable to resist inserting at least one reference to "doing the Hustle."
* RedOniBlueOni: Kei and Yuri practically define this trope for LovelyAngels teams.
* RestrainingBolt: Subverted in the TV series; B.R.I.A.N. decides to KillAllHumans ''because'' one was installed in him.
* RobotBuddy: Nanmo
* RuleOfCool: In one episode, they reached the bad guys' base via orbital-insertion paradrop, followed by sky-surfing on the updraft ''from an active volcano'' followed by ''surfing on the lava!''
* ScienceFiction
* SecretPublicIdentity: Throughout the series the girls do nothing to hide their identities. On the other hand virtually no-one realizes just who they are until they check computer records -- or someone uses ''[[BerserkButton that]] [[TheScottishTrope name]]''. It's not like they look like anyone else (well there is one TV episode where they do... sorta).
* ShoutOut:
** The computer screens often contain blatant shout-outs, starting in the first episode where one screen flashes the names of the entire cast of ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}''.
** As a result of the numerous shout outs to the original series, the producers of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' sneaked in a few references to the Pair. For instance in "Conspiracy", a [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/images/3/3e/Dytallix_B%2C_lcars.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120726015448&path-prefix=en graphic]] of Dytallix B has what looks like an upside down silhouette of Kei and another of Yuri[[note]]as well as what looks like the continent of '''UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}''' also turned upside down, but that's another story[[/note]].
** Another interesting example: a list of people who have a grudge against Kei and Yuri apparently includes Music/BruceSpringsteen, Music/PhilCollins, and Music/EricClapton.
** The series is also one giant shout-out to ProfessionalWrestling, more specifically the joshi promotion Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling. The Dirty Pair name is a reference to the Beauty Pair, AJW's top tag team of the Seventies and Eighties, while the Lovely Angels codename is a reference to another tag team called the Queen Angels. The organization's initials (3WA) are also a reference to the company's title belts (WWWA World and WWWA Tag Team championships). This is all [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the first episode of the series when, after Kei and Yuri announce their arrival, a member in the crowd expresses disbelief at being saved by "pro wrestlers".
** An official calendar was made for the show that had Kei and Yuri parodying popular movies like ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''.
* ShowSomeLeg:
** In at least two stories, Kei has thrown an enemy off by flashing her breasts.
** In an earlier episode, ''Yuri'' plays it exactly as the name says (this qualifies as LetsGetDangerous for Yuri).
** The first episode of the original OVA series has Yuri pull this simply by ''being a woman'' in a maximum security prison where most of the inmates haven't seen a woman for years. All she has to do is stand hipshot, giggle, and run her hands seductively through her long hair, and a handful of guys run straight into an ambush.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Kei, most prominently. As an example, Yuri's personal sidearm is more manageable, but Kei's is described InUniverse to be quite the HandCannon.
* SpaceWestern: One TV episode has the girls working for rival gangs on a desert planet. Kei goes for the classic look, Yuri goes for a [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars serape]]. Sometimes called [[FanNickname the "Yakisoba Western" episode]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: They solve more cases this way...
* SpyCatsuit: The girls' alternate uniform during the TV series (in purple/black).
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: In one episode Kei is strapped in one with a laser heading towards her crotch. Yuri is able to shut it off just as the laser is close enough for Kei to feel the heat near her loins.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Just look at the picture at the top of this page.
* StuffBlowingUp: At least once a story and in one case no less than five solar systems.
* TeamPet: Mughi
* TeleFrag: The Angels destroy a rogue A.I. in the first episode of the TV series by having a spaceship [[FTLTravel warp]] into its core.
* TimeDilation: Episode 7 of the TV series has a space travel magnate trying to separate his son from a lover he disapproved of[[note]]because she's a male-to-female transsexual[[/note]] by launching her on the prototype of a slower-than-light "Time Dilation Tour" ship he has handy; the plan is that she'd only return after the son has aged the fifty years of the trip, so would he still love her ''then'', [[EvilLaugh bwa-ha-ha]]. The Lovely Angels can't stop the launch, but free the son in time for him to follow his love on another of the ships. The father gets on the final ship because he can't live without his son.
* TitleConfusion: TheMovie was originally called ''Dirty Pair: The Movie'', but virtually everyone -- including Creator/ADVFilms -- calls it ''Project EDEN'', after the MadScientist villain's master plan. It's understandably since the BattleButler [[LampshadeHanging literally bangs a gong]] after Professor Wattsman [[TitleDrop says the magic words]].
* UnreliableNarrator: Takachiho's original stories are (depending on whom you ask) either annoyingly marred or significantly enlivened by being narrated by Kei. Her accounts of the Angels' adventures include [[LemonyNarrator bizarre, tangential, and frequently titillating details]]; occasional putdowns of Yuri, who's depicted as slightly vain and constantly on the make for potential paramours, especially if she can steal them from Kei; and what can only be described as ploys to gain the audience's sympathy. Everything suddenly becomes more comprehensible when one realizes that Kei is ''trying to '''flirt''' with the reader''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Most versions display this trope to one degree or another.
* WalkingDisasterArea: Hence the "Dirty Pair" nickname.
* WhackAMole: Episode 17 of the anime has the Angels following a tip that a wanted assassin will be aboard a spaceliner in disguise. After our suspects for the episode are introduced, the ship's captain complicates the plot by sabotaging everything, setting course toward a black hole, locking the ship's controls, and killing himself. The assassin -- also a genius cryptanalyst -- is the only one aboard who can save the ship. But who'll be alive by then?
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Yuri
* {{Zeerust}}: In the original novels reference such amazing inventions as energy weapons, flying cars, and ''[=MicroFiche=]''.

[[folder:''Dirty Pair Flash'']]
* AmusementPark: The second series revolved around "World's World", a theme-park planet dedicated to faithfully recreating the culture of the EarthThatWas. Since most of the story arc is set around the "[[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse 20th-century Tokyo]]" area, this effectively served as a SettingUpdate.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Well, Ambiguously Brown -- Poporo, the Angels' new supervisor starting with the second series.
* BolivianArmyEnding: One episode ends with the pair charging who knows how many robots. Then subverts when they are shown after the credits wearing twin {{Slasher Smile}}s.
* CanonForeigner: [[DarkActionGirl Lady Flare]]; [[PlayfulHacker Toma]]
* CarnivalOfKillers: In episode 5, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Waldess]] is on the run from both the 3WA and the criminal organization Lucifer, and is trying to escape by spaceport. The 3WA's plan to arrest him is complicated by the fact that virtually every other person in the spaceport is an assassin sent to kill him.
* CloseCallHaircut: Lady Flare; doubles as an ImportantHaircut [[spoiler:for her HeelFaceTurn]].
* CombiningMecha: The ''Lovely Angel'' can separate into two ships.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: After Yuri accidentally blows up a space station, the girls are ordered to send each of the 300,000 survivors a hand-written letter of apology.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Waldess from the first series/Mission -- CEO of the GCN megacorp, a member of the Lucifer crime syndicate, and the BigBad of the storyline.
* CostumeExaggeration: It had Kei go through a literally bra-bursting transformation sequence in the first episode, never seen again.
* DaChief: Garner and Poporo, both of whom were obvious homages to Gooley and his predecessors in the light novels.
* DieHardOnAnX: The episode "The Grey Avenger".
* EvilCounterpart: Lady Flare
* GroinAttack: The first episode of the OVA series has Yuri kicking a leading police officer in the groin after he began to harass her about an item that she had gotten from a recently deceased man. It's safe to say that his teammates weren't too pleased to see this and that they eventually went after Yuri, who somehow got Kei involved in [[ChaseScene the chase]] as well.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: The fourth episode has Yuri sent into the virtual-reality dreamworld of a witness the 3WA needs to testify against the BigBad. Most of the storyline is a HeroicFantasy pastiche, but the ending is clearly a metaphor for the witness reaching an epiphany.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Yuri is Flanderized into an extreme example, but goes through CharacterDevelopment down to tolerable levels.
* LaserBlade: Yuri's beam sword.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the dub, the girls are giving advice to a lovelorn hacker. Yuri suggests taking her to a nice foreign film. Kei interjects "Nah, movies with subtitles are boring!"
* LeotardOfPower: ''Flash'' has the Angels' battle outfits as differently accessorized versions of this.
* LotusEaterMachine: Yuri has to free a scientist from one of these in an episode.
* MasterSwordsman: Yuri is very good with a [[LaserBlade beam sword]].
* TheMinnesotaFats: Lady Flare
* MonowheelMayhem: In the OVA series ''Dirty Pair Flash Mission 3'', a young female assassin called Monica drives a Red Futuristic Monowheel.
* MythologyGag:
** Iris, part of a GenerationXerox of Kei and Yuri, uses the same uniform that the Pair wore in the classic anime version, and is clearly an {{Expy}} of that version of Kei. Her history as an agent turned mercenary might also be a nod to Shasti from the Adam Warren version.
** Later, Yuri wears her classic counterpart's uniform as part of a series of cosplay outfits for a [[PrincelyYoungMan White Prince]] -- long story.
* PottyEmergency: Yuri has a case of this in Episode 15.
* PropheticNames: You just know Lily is there to teach Yuri a lesson, since her name is a translation of Yuri's.
* TheSevenMysteries: ''Flash'' squeezes this in to a {{High School|AU}} BizarroEpisode.
* ShoutOut: Continuing the Trek theme, one episode of ''Flash'' makes a reference to "Mudd's Passion Planet".
* SkunkStripe: This incarnation of Kei.
* SpaceElevator: Complete with an orbital ring at the top for all of them to connect to.
* TrainingFromHell: Gazelle puts the pair through a rigorous set of drills and exercises, to win a volleyball tournament of all things.
* TransformationSequence: One of the most controversial changes made in ''Dirty Pair Flash''; Kei and Yuri both had wristbands that could change them into their uniforms (or any specialized clothing needed) this way.

[[folder:Adam Warren's ''Dirty Pair'']]
* ActionSurvivor: Cory Emerson, the IntrepidReporter from the "Plague of Angels" miniseries, becomes one of these when she's drawn into one of the Angels' cases.
* BodySurf: Carvalho from "A Plague of Angels", an A.I. terrorist who hijacks his victims' bodies by swapping the thumb drive containing him onto their BrainComputerInterface ports.
* BondOneLiner: Warren's version took a course in this -- "Combat Quips".
* CanonForeigner:
** [[DarkActionGirl Shasti]]
** [[IntrepidReporter Cory Emerson]]
** [[SmugSnake Kevin J. Sleet]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Shasti
* CloningBlues: In "Fatal but Not Serious" a clone of Yuri is made and is told she's in a training simulation where her objective is to kill the "simulated" Kei and Yuri. Thinking she's in a consequence-free simulation, she indulges in her bad side and gets some tattoos, and causes even more collateral damage than usual, up to and including making a star go nova.
* CyberPunk: This version, drifting towards full-scale Transhumanism as time passed.
* DesignerBabies: Kei and Yuri in this version are both genetically enhanced, as are many others in their universe.
* DyingDream: In "Sim Hell", Kei's nightmare of dying in a crash and being sent to hell is later hinted to have been an ''actual'' near-death experience.
* EvilCounterpart: Shasti
* FantasticDrug: Several sci-fi drugs are brought up at different points, this being a future filled with transhuman technology. Wardrugs are implants that inject a tranquilizing cocktail into the blood after a serious injury. At one point Kei gets her leg half blown off, and starts "glanding" Wardrugs. She identifies "no-shock" and "happy juice", the latter of which makes her very giggly. There is also a chemweapon called "Proust-in-a-Can", which places the victim into a coma while they are locked into re-experiencing a distant memory and "Crybaby", which forces the target to become a harmless, crying mess (as well as recalling things that they find hurtful, fueling the misery they feel).
* GambitRoulette: In the second miniseries, Shasti uses a multi-layer roulette to pull off TheCaper. The Angels only get on her trail when Kei sees her in a crowd at random and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* HatePlague: In "Fatal but Not Serious", a group of terrorists engineer one of these to turn a convention of fans of the Lovely Angels into {{Laser Guided Tykebomb}}s aimed straight at them.
* LotusEaterMachine: Most of the plot of "Sim Hell".
* TheMinnesotaFats: Shasti
* MuggedForDisguise: Done by both girls to get on board a luxury starship. Unfortunately, the girls they stole the costumes from were entertainers who had to dress up as {{Playboy Bunn|y}}ies.
* MythologyGag:
** Adam Warren's version uses the novels' version of the 3WA Battle Bikini in flashbacks, while also using their fiercer version of Mughi.
** "Run from the Future" also introduces the shapechanging uniforms from ''Dirty Pair Flash''.
** Kei and Yuri lie to their 3WA entry interviewer that they are psychic... although the man is apparently too DistractedByTheSexy to care.
* {{Nanomachines}}: This version is set [[AfterTheEnd after the Earth was destroyed]] in a "grey goo" disaster known as the Nanoclysm; nanomachines are strictly regulated afterwards -- in theory, anyway.
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted in the Warren comics; "Run from the Future" plays with this, having the pair infiltrate a space colony established for those too transhuman for normal society -- while using more transhumanist toys than ever before.
* SmartGun: A one-shot criminal happened to be a gun.
* SplitPersonality: Shasti is an ArtificialHuman SuperSoldier designed with four personalities to handle varying situations effectively.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Caused Shasti's FaceHeelTurn when she uploaded a copy of the mind of a serial killer to serve (temporarily) as her fourth personality.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Warren wrote a short story showing Kei and Yuri constantly resuming old arguments through most of their history together.