* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Most of the bad guys have gotten this at some point.
** Nakago can be your average revenge-driven BigBad, or he can be mentally unhinged. The second is highly plausible, considering what he had gone through.
* AngstWhatAngst: Miaka shows remarkably few psychological aftereffects from the [[RapeAsDrama multiple sexual assaults]] she endures over the course of the series, although one could argue she expends enough angst over Tamahome that she doesn't have any left to spare.
* AntiSue: Mayo from the ''Eikoden'' OAV.
* BaseBreaker: Nakago has proved to be an extremely controversial character on this very wiki. He's a MagnificentBastard and sympathetic WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds for some, a VillainSue for others. There's ''very'' little in-between.
** Also, the fact that he is the ([[WordOfGod confessed!]]) series CreatorsPet doesn't help.
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: There are still a lot of people who remember the series only for the innocuous amounts of FanService and [[PerverseSexualLust gratuitous nudity.]]
* CompleteMonster:
** Miboshi is a CreepyChild appearing member of the warriors of Seiryu who [[OlderThanTheyLook is truly far older than he appears.]] Miboshi's MO is to possess his victims and turn them against their friends, forcing the friends to experience the pain of betrayal and delighting at the agony he causes to his host by forcing them to harm the ones they love the most.
** The Emperor of Kutou acts as the commander of the BigBad Nakago until Nakago opts to overthrow him. We soon learn the reason that the villainous Nakago always hated him. A sleazy SmugSnake who sent his armies on campaigns of extermination and conquest, Nakago saw his people slaughtered and his beloved mother being raped by the Emperor's soldiers before his powers awakened and he accidentally killed her and the soldiers. The Emperor decided to use Nakago as a tool from then on, knowing his potential. Captivated by his beauty, he opted to keep him as a SexSlave as well despite Nakago being only a little boy.
* CreatorsPet: Nakago. To the point that this is on the [=YMMV=] page only due to formality, since as mentioned before, [[WordOfGod Yuu Watase]] herself confessed he's her favourite character and tended to favor him because of it.
* DamselScrappy: Miaka.
* {{Designated Hero}}ine: We're meant to sympathize with Mayo? [[FlatWhat Really?]]
* DracoInLeatherPants: Nakago has done atrocious deeds, but lots of fangirls love him and handwave his evil actions just because he's [[{{Bishonen}} OMG SO PRETTY]]. The fact that he's Watase's personal favourite character doesn't exactly help.
** Suboshi also gets this treatment due to several [[TheWoobie woobifying]] events in his background. His more rabid fans seem to think that the fact [[spoiler:Nakago manipulated him]] means that he can be absolved of any real fault for [[spoiler:his murder of Tamahome's family]]...
* EarWorm: Go ahead. Just ''try'' to get that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2kljwrh_GQ ending cliffhanger music]], and the song it led into, out of your head.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7zMLHhGDHU "Maiagare! Suzaku... miracle la!"]] (Which brings us to...)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajBa60RmWHk "Itooshi Hito no Tame ni!"]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Chichiri, who's easily one of the most popular characters in the story by a long shot. Nuriko and Tatsuki also gained a considerable amount of popularity from fans.
* EvilIsSexy: Nakago and Soi.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''Eikoden'' and the first OAV series are basically regarded as non-canon by fans. The [[LightNovel character novels]] are also highly unpopular with fans, largely due to accusations of [[RetCon retconning]].
* FanPreferredCouple: Suboshi is ''far'' more popular a love interest for Yui than Yui's canon boyfriend, Tetsuya.
* FoeYay: Nakago/Tamahome. Even creator Yuu Watase is [[WordOfGay all over that!]]
* HoYay: Nuriko's feelings for Hotohori and Tomo's for Nakago, both canon. Plus, the aforementioned Tamahome/Nakago FoeYay.
** And there was apparently enough Tasuki/Nuriko going on that they became the basis for one of the earliest yaoi doujinshi out of the gate. It doesn't really help either that their [[MaryElizabethMcGlynn English]] [[DaranNorris seiyuu]] got married.
** Suboshi/Amiboshi, even lampshaded when Miaka sees them together and compares it to a romantic movie with the same person playing both parts.
** There's also that scene where Taka and Tasuki inexplicably go take a nap together.
** How about Miaka's brother Keisuke with Tamahome? Just look at how the former ''gushed'' at the latter once he woke up.
* MemeticMutation: [[SayMyName "TAMAHOME!" "MIAKA!"]]
* {{Moe}}: Nyan-Nyan, Boushin, Chou Kourin and Yuiren.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Suboshi violently killing Tamahome's father and little siblings.]]
** Nakago [[spoiler: encouraging Suboshi to kill Tamahome's family]] ([[DracoInLeatherPants which keeps being forgotten/handwaves by his fans]]) and, at different times, [[spoiler: making Yui and Miaka believe they had been raped.]]
** In ''Eikou Den'', [[spoiler:Mayo stealing Miaka's unborn baby and trying to erase her from existence.]])
* NarmCharm: A lot of moments in the English dub of the anime come across as either of these two. The main two that come to mind are Episodes 4 and 5 of the second OVA: Tasuki's [[spoiler:NearRapeExperience with Miaka]] is dramatic until you remember what other roles DaranNorris has had, and [[spoiler:Hikou's death]] is an absolute TearJerker... right until you hear the sound effect they use. In fact, the whole scene can be seen as {{Narm}} because of the music they're using.
* RonTheDeathEater: Miaka's hatedom just ''loves'' to do this to her so they can pair themselves/their Mary Sue with Tamahome instead.
* TheScrappy: The anime's portrayal of Miaka tends to get her slammed as a PuritySue. The manga portrays her in a more realistic way. Ironically, [[ReplacementScrappy Mayo]] [[AntiSue Sakaki]] from ''Eikoden'' fits the MarySue bill ''more'', technically speaking, and actually [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap replaced Miaka as the Scrappy in the eyes of some fans]] with the release of ''Eikoden''. Ashitare, Yui and Tomo have also gained a degree of Scrappydom.
** In fact, Miaka is one of the most ''hated'' female characters in anime/manga -- to the degree when fans used a "Level of Suck" meter to measure other shoujo heroines. "At least she's not a Miaka".
* TastesLikeDiabetes
* VillainSue: Nakago, if you ask a good chunk of fandom.
* WordOfGay: Yuu Watase seems to get a big kick out of Tamahome/Nakago shipping and has also said at a con that if she ever wrote a doujinshi for her series, it would probably be Tamahome/Tasuki.