* TheReveal: The Great-Uncle William who adopted Candy, and whose identity was the best-kept secret through the whole series, is revealed to be Albert, the man who became Candy's friend and watched over her on certain moments of her life, the last of them while he was [[EasyAmnesia amnesiac]]. Oh, and he also was the very "Prince of the Hill" she became infatuated with when she was a little girl. Also, Candy ends happily single, taking care of the orphanage where she grew up [[spoiler: though for some, her feelings might have started to sway from Terry to the aforementioned Albert, hinted to be the ''actual'' love of her life]].
* CreatorBacklash: Mizuki and Igarashi have fought legally between each other so much over ownership of the series that they've come to ''hate'' it. As of 2006, Mizuki apparently said that even thinking of ''Candy Candy'' "[[BerserkButton makes her feel sick]]" and "gives her a headache".
* CreatorBreakdown: Kyouko Mizuki's said that she wrote ''Candy Candy'' as a consequence of the deep effect that her parents' deaths, specially her mother's, had on her:
-->"I lost my mother when I was 21, then I was all alone in the world. To write the story healed my sorrow";"Before I wrote the story of Candy, one of what some decided was "Who is her mother is not the theme". Whoever are your parents, you must accept your destiny and stand on your own feet---I wanted to say so. When I started to write the story, it was two years after my mother passed away. My father passed away at my 12th year, I lived in solitude because I am the only child of them. Looking back on my years of writing Candy story, I realize that I healed my pain by writing".
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Thanks to the lawsuits, this is the ''only'' way to watch this show in ''any'' language. This has led to a thriving bootleg market throughout the territories in which it was previously popular.
* NoExportForYou: Despite the show's ''incredible'' popularity in Europe, Latin America, and even Africa, the show never ran in the United States. There ''was'' an American dub produced in the early 80s, but it was rather poorly done and was stopped after the first couple of episodes. Thanks to the legal issues that have held up the show even in its homeland, it's unlikely anyone will try a second time.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: The anime became this as the end result of the legal battles.