* AnticlimaxBoss:
** New Cloud Academy in ''GO''. They're the team you face for the semifinals and they're billed as one of the strongest opponents in the competition, and their striker is supposed to be one of the best ever (and it ''shows'' in his stats) Wouldn't expect them to fall into this trope, right? Well, you happen to get ''two'' back-to-back [[EleventhHourSuperpower Eleventh Hour Superpowers]], each more ridiculously [[GameBreaker Game Breaking]] than the last, ''and'' it's one of the very few times where ''you'' get a scripted goal, so the whole thing quickly devolves into a CurbStompBattle in your favour.
** Delibarately invoked with Mt Olympus. They're the team you have to play in the finals, they're coached by the BigBad and they're supposed to be incredibly strong (winning one of their previous matches 19-0). You're also given the ominous warning that you must be in the lead by half time or you'll get a NonStandardGameOver. Yet they're suspiciously easy. [[spoiler: This is because ''there is no second half''. At half-time, the ''real'' BigBad takes over and [[BaitAndSwitchBoss subs out the entire team and their coach with his own]], and you face Dragonlink instead, who are definately a challenge befitting of a FinalBoss. And it's implied that Goenji was instructing Mt Olympus to hold back.]]
* ArtifactTitle: Depending on how you choose to interpret the title.
** If ''Inazuma Eleven'' is taken only as the original Inazuma Eleven, then the trope is played straight. While [[spoiler: Hibiki]] did have a minor (yet important) role in GO, [[spoiler: Daisuke]] helped created Chrono Storm in ''Chrono Stone'', and [[spoiler: Kageyama]] coaches Inazuma Japan in ''Galaxy'', the focus never goes back to the original Inazuma Eleven by GO.
** If ''Inazuma Eleven'' is interpreted as the original Inazuma Eleven in the original series, and Inazuma Japan (despite having 16 players) by GO, then the trope is averted; as GO has a strong focus on how former Inazuma Japan players [[PassingTheTorch passes down the torch to the new players]].
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Coach Hitomiko. She was redeemed to some after TheReveal [[spoiler:that she's been trying to stop her father's dastardly plot]], but naturally that doesn't account for everyone.
** Beta. [[spoiler: Moreso in the Asian fandom than in the overseas fandom. She is considered sadistically cute/badass by some, yet annoying by others and HOW DARES she capture Endou Mamoru!!]]
** Fuyuka and Someoka are either adored or hated with a fiery passion within the fandom.
* BizarroEpisode:
** TheMovie, which starts out as a recap of the first season then things start swerving off of continuity; and the events of TheMovie never seem to be mentioned again. An AlternateContinuity where Endou could easily point at certain people he just met and exclaim [[spoiler:they came from the future to help him win the Football Frontier]] sounds pretty confusing.
** Episode 100 when Hiroto and Kogure get lost in the woods, and are challenged to a match by a pair of Kappas, no character development happens, no new techniques are learned, and it's only mentioned in a blink and you miss it scene during a flashback.
** The Kappas, surprisingly enough, make a brief cameo in Go's movie.
* BreatherBoss: Kidokawa/Kirkwood in ''GO''. After the first two Nationals teams (see ThatOneBoss below), these guys are surprisingly easy, as most of the mid-match scripted events are in ''your favour'', giving your team a new tactic that lets you ignore the arena's gimmick and giving one of your members an Avatar. Also, unlike the first two teams, these guys didn't know the arena's gimmick in advance, so it hurts them just as much as it hurts you. Justified, since there's massive infighting within the team as to whether to support Fifth Sector or not, and the team's captain is more concerned with having a fun match than winning at all costs.
* BrokenBase: Over Inazuma Eleven ''GO'' and it's sequel, some think that it is much better than the original while others think that it is a step backwards.
* CargoShip:
** Endou x Sakka Ball OTP.
** Might be ''even more so'' with Tenma. Heck, Tenma x ''Soccer itself'' is [[CompanionCube practically canon.]]
** Fudou/Bench is also fairly popular due to [[spoiler: [[BreakTheHaughty Being benched during the Asian preliminaries]] and in ''GO'' he is found sleeping on a bench.]]
* CaptainObviousReveal: The plot twist that [[spoiler: Ishido Shuuji]] was the one who saved Tenma's life in ''GO''. Anyone familiar with the original games would've recognised [[spoiler: Gouenji]] in the flashback cutscene immidiately, so when TheReveal comes it's easy to put two and two together. It's also very easy to see coming from a plot standpoint: [[spoiler: the BigBad had [[WeUsedToBeFriends a persona connection]] with Endou, but not with the actual main character Tenma. This plot point fixes that by making him a BrokenPedestal, giving Tenma some angst and later motivation.]]
* DieForOurShip:
** Natsumi and Fuyuka can get this pretty badly from Aki fans who think she's "entitled" to Endou's affection for being his PatientChildhoodLoveInterest. [[spoiler: It got worse when ''GO'' revealed that Endou can marry Natsumi (Light) ''or'' Fuyuka (Dark), which means Aki is ''definitely'' the UnluckyChildhoodFriend for him.]]
** Rika is hated by the Ichinose/Aki shippers due to her crush on the former and it doesn't help that her clinginess and overall personality makes her annoying for them. But unlike the previous example, [[spoiler: [[ChildhoodFriendRomance they might have ended up together]] in Go and Rika isn't an obstacle anymore.]]
* DiscOneNuke:
** In ''GO'', some of the downloadable moves are disproportionately strong for how early in the game you can get them. In particular, it's possible to get Emperor Penguin 7 ''extremely'' early in the game, at which point it's basically an automatic goal.
** The player with White King can be aquired very early if you know what you're doing, long before you have access to most of the plot-relevant Fighting Spirits. And it's actually ''stronger'' than most of the spirits you get for a while. And White King's special ability boosts the odds of boys succeeding in duels, which, [[GameBreaker considering all your starting lineup (and pretty much 90% of the recruitable players) are male...]]
* EarWorm:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADVcwJ69lrw STAND UP! STAND UP! TACHIAGARIYOOOO!]]
** The Spanish version would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAnmklPHKEg ¡ARRIBA! ¡CHUTA! ¡LA VICTORIA ES TUUUYAAAAAAAAAAA!]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=034FJTRz4kk TSUNAGARIYO HIROGARIYO (RIYO!)]] (Spoilers beware)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiZ5vC1OKLU SHANLALALALA, SHANLALALA, SHANLALALA, SHANLALALA (RIYO!)]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmTJzeC_0NA Ryuusei boy!]]. Pretty much every OP has a part that qualifies.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15LE7k6aGTM Get up! Get up!]], from Go.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** {{Fandom}} wise, [[EvilDuo Burn and Gazelle]] seem to be this. They have a massive amount of fanart and fanfiction despite only appearing a few times.
** Fubuki and Hiroto. Speak their names and you will hear fangirl screams everywhere.
%%** Endou becomes this in ''GO''.
* EvilIsSexy: Several antagonists fall under this trope, some of the most prominent examples being Aphrodi, Sakuma, Hiroto, Burn, Gazelle and Ulvida. [[spoiler: Most of them pulled a HeelFaceTurn, but they're still attractive after that.]]
** [[spoiler: Kazemaru]] was already a {{Bishonen}}, but his [[spoiler: Dark Emperor]] version is ''even'' sexier and [[EvilCostumeSwitch his uniform]] is more form fitting than his original uniform. He seems to play it straight once again in Ares no Tenbin, where he joined [[spoiler: Shin Teikoku]].
* FanonDiscontinuity: A lot of the fandom doesn't care for game canon because of how many different options available and a lack of "true story". Various things from the games they tend to disregard include [[spoiler: Kazemaru's beatdown, the Kogure/Haruna ship tease (they substitute it with the anime's Tachimukai/Haruna ship tease) and Endou marrying Fuyuka in GO (Dark).]]
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Endou and Aki, as opposed to the OfficialCouple formed by Endou and [[spoiler: either Natsumi or Fuyuka depending on adaptation]]. Though most of the fans got over it when they realized that [[spoiler: she has more of a chance with [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Ichinose]].]]
** Some fans ship Natsumi more with Goenji rather than with [[spoiler: her eventual husband]] Endou.
* FoeYay:
** Hiroto and Endou.
---> ''I'm in love, Endou-kun, with those eyes of yours!''
** Endou is pretty much a FoeYay magnet for the top tiers of Aliea. Each of the captains just has to meet him even once to become inordinately obsessed with him. Or rather, Endou is a foe magnet period and [[FaceHeelTurn resulting]] [[HeelFaceTurn developments]] flips back and forth between HoYay and FoeYay.
** Kirino and Kariya, Tsurugi with either Tenma or Shindou [[spoiler: until his HeelFaceTurn]] in ''GO!''.
%%** Kidou and Fudou.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Specially in Spain and Italy. Both the TV show, which has become a new GatewaySeries for a new generation of kids, and the games, which are top sellers.
* GoodBadBugs: In Inazuma Eleven GO, when the game's graphics engine decides what direction to draw a character facing, acceleration seems to take precedence over velocity. In most cases, this makes perfect sense.[[note]]for example, one would expect someone trying stop quickly to both face and accelerate in the opposite direction of his velocity vector.[[/note]] But with the SlippySlideyIceWorld physics of Snow Land Stadium, characters may be slowly decelerating due to skidding, meaning they should be facing the direction they're moving in but their acceleration vector is in the opposite direction. This causes characters to start ''moonwalking''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Even if they're simultaneously dribbling the ball.]]
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In episode 15 Kazemaru is accused by the others of quitting the soccer club to return to the athletics club. This moment becomes harsher when [[spoiler: he leaves the team for real in season 2 because he thought he wasn't strong enough.]] What makes it worse is that Kurimatsu was the one who suspected him first and announced the others about this, the one who [[spoiler: also leaves the team after he did.]]
** Endou's mom didn't want him to play soccer at first becaused believed that's what killed her father and she was afraid of happening the same to him. [[spoiler: In Chrono Stone, after Endou was captured, a time paradox happened where he was considered dead in a car accident in the current timeline, just like his grandfather was considered dead in the original series.]]
* HoYay: EVERYWHERE. So much so that it even has its ''[[HoYay/InazumaEleven own page]]''.
* InternetBackdraft:
** Some fans are not happy with the addition of Avatars in ''GO''. And Level 5 goes ahead and adds the Armed mode in ''Chrono Stone''... This was probably the reason why Avatars and Armed Mode were removed in Galaxy. Then again, they also replaced many of the old characters with new ones, which caused an InternetBackdraft as well...
** Endou in ''GO'' getting married to [[spoiler:''either'' Natsumi or Fuyuka--cries of Hino supporting polygamy flew around]].
** Europe's localization of Go's manga, this time with the names from ''all Europe''. What's weird is that they changed a Japanese name ''[[http://images.4chan.org/cm/src/1351055090088.jpg for another Japanese name, Sangoku has a Korean-ish name and Nishiki kept his name.]]''
** American fans are ''not'' happy with Level-5's NoExportForYou of the games and the anime, often having to import the games from Europe with the dreaded DubNameChange. Even Latin America got the anime first.[[note]]Bonus points for being dubbed directly from the original Japanese instead of reddubing the EUR version, thus keeping original names and dialogs are as close as they can be.[[/note]]
*** It's finally come to America! ...Only the first one, cut from the compilation game and download only. Fans were less the thrilled.
** The Korean fanbase (yes, such a thing exists) was not pleased with the appearance of [[spoiler:Toyotomi Hideyoshi]] in ''Chrono Stone'' [[spoiler: [[UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi for obvious reasons]]]].
%%* IronWoobie:
%%** Tenma starts out as this in the beginning of ''GO''.
%%** The entire Raimon team in both series.
%%** ''Chrono Stone'' adds Yuuichi.
* JerkassWoobie: [[spoiler:Fudou]]. And [[spoiler:Kariya]], in ''GO''. Kogure to a lesser extent. Heck, even the BigBad [[spoiler: Senguuji Daigo]] is one. His methods of controlling soccer are brutal, but you can't help but admit his childhood ''sucked''.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips:
** Tenma, too, as according to some characters he's an Endou's clone.
** All of the [[TheAce Inazuma All Stars]] could be considered this.
** Shindou, definitely. He's shipped with [[ThoseTwoGuys Kirino]], [[FanGirl Akane]], [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Ibuki]], [[AllLovingHero Tenma]], [[spoiler: in the beginning]] [[FoeYay Tsurugi]] and [[TimeTravelRomance Okatsu]], just to name the main ones.
* MemeticBadass:
** Endou becomes this as in episode 7 of ''GO''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kgUlH6kv5A He's like a boss.]]
** The internet claims that Gouenji is so badass that his badassery defies the universe itself.
* MemeticMutation:
** "''[[CatchPhrase SAKKA YAROUZE!]]''" -- The Internet's View Of Everything That Comes Out Of Endou's Mouth
** "WHAT THE HELL ARE THOSE NETS MADE OF?!" Because, seriously.
** "''[[SayMyName KAAAAGEEEYAAAMAAAAA!]]''" Quoted for Kidou's constant dramatic screaming of his name.
** Where the hell is the ref?! / What are they paying the refs for?!
** Summarizing the series as "little boys playing magical soccer".
** * Insert Sport Here* YAROUZE! Then drawling the characters from the show playing said sport.
%%** Writing "soccer" as "SAKKA".
%%** ''X YAROUZE!''
%%** ''CAR ACCIDENT''.
%%** Penguins!
%%** No.
%%** Yes.
* {{Moe}}: Shinsuke, Tachimukai and Hikaru from ''GO''.
* NarmCharm: As said by a [=YouTube=] user:
--> "This storyline is so stupid, but in such a lovable way."
* NintendoHard: The Taisen Routes in the games can vary from the easiest thing in your life to this, especially if you go into the Level 99 Taisen Routes unprepared.
** The post-story teams can be notorious for this, Inazuma Legend Japan in ''Chrono Stone'' can overpower your Keshins and Mixi-Maxes in their normal state without using a hissatsu. A normal shot from them can take just about all of your defenders lined up against the ball to stop it, and if that doesn't work; leave it to your goalkeeper's Keshin Armed Mixi-Max hissatsu to sto- [--oh, it scored.--]
* PeripheryDemographic: CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS [[YaoiFangirl FUJOSHI]] FODDER IS FOR BOYS?!!
* PlayerPunch: A non-lethal variant in the second game, when [[spoiler:Kazemaru is the victim of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that gets him [[PutOnABus Put On An Ambulance]].]]
* ScrappyMechanic: The new scouting system in the ''GO'' video games, in which you need to obtain items and sometimes multiple other characters for just one. Also having to set off event flags to score goals, and a draw resulting in an automatic loss rather than extra time can rub people the wrong way.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Fudou/Fuyuka is the most popular hetero ship for both the characters and one of the most popular het ships fandomwise even though they never interact even once throughout the entire series. The ships popularity might stem from their similar names, relationship with Coach Kudou and fondness for...bananas.
** Max and Handa had little to no interaction on-screen, but the couple still has a fair share of fans. Sure, [[spoiler: their Dark Emperor versions]] had Revolution V, which is one of the gayest hissatsus, but [[spoiler: they weren't themselves back then.]]
* ThatOneBoss:
** The Occult team in the first game. They show up really early, their an obnoxious difficulty spike in a generally easy game, they automatically score a goal and end the first half, to score against them in the second half you need to dance around a bunch of event flags (which is also disruptive to the game's atmosphere), oh and drawing against them is an automatic loss and gameover(!). Their a lot easier if you realize you should fire up and score a quick goal in the first half, but then they seem to demand a sudden knowledge of mechanics and flags very early in the game.
** ''Inazuma Eleven 2'' cranks the in-match scripted events UpToEleven. The worst offender: Shin Teikoku. Sakuma shoots every ten minutes on the second, no matter which side has control of the ball or where it is on the field, effectively pulling the ball as far away from the goal as possible every ten minute, making victory basically impossible the first time around. You can retry the match after losing the first time and do it without events, but that should never have to be a requirement to proceed.
** ''Inazuma Eleven 3'' isn't nearly as bad with the scripted events (at least compared to its previous game), however that only really applies if you're playing Spark or Bomber, The Ogre version throws a screwball at you [[spoiler: before you play against Orpheus]], where you have to play against The Ogre. In general, they would not only overlevel you at that point, but they would also have some of the best stats (even without overleveling themselves) and the best moves in the game.
*** If you're going against them after you've beaten the game, it crosses into TheComputerIsACheatingBastard territory. The Ogre will have infinite TP when you play against them, plus all the facts stated before. Good luck with that...
** ''Inazuma Eleven GO'' while not as bad as the previous examples there is [[spoiler:Dragonlink]] they do not qualify as this in story mode but ''when ever you play them afterwards''. Their entire team is composed of [[SuperMode avatar users]] which is not only intimidating, but they can appear faster then the game allows you to use your own avatars. Also they have a hissatsu technique that puts them right in the line of fire for goals without having much ability to defend against them.
** Earlier, Lunar Sea Military Academy falls stand out as a [[WakeUpCallBoss brutal introduction]] to how much of a DifficultySpike the Saint's Way Nationals are going to be compared to the regionals. Firstly, they introduce field obstacles here, in this case whirlwinds that have an annoying tendancy to appear right on you while you have the ball. Made worse by the fact that Tenma uses one of his Hissatsu to get past them in a cutscene and ''you can't do this in-game''. Speaking of scripted events, the opposing team have a special tactic that can't be broken until after the first half for plot reasons. Thir goalkeeper has an Avatar, and a pretty strong one at that, so you can't expect auto-goals from your own Avatar users anymore. Even after his Avatar is exausted, he still has a powerful blocking move. And to top it all off their team's ace striker is none other than [[spoiler: Minamisawa Atsushi]], who's probably the strongest non-Summoner striker you've faced at that point, he's scripted to get the ball on several occasions and he gets a scripted HeroicSecondWind towards the end of the match! Hope you've drained his TP by then!
** Alpine High afterwards are ''even worse''. You know [[spoiler: Atsushi]] above? Well immagine an even better version of him... who actually ''has'' an Avatar. And he scores an automatic goal early on. Nearly everyone on the team has a high-level dribbling or blocking skill, making it a pain to get past them ''or'' get the ball off them. Thankfully the team after them is a breather.
** ''Chrono Stone's'' story mode is pretty easy, then you get to the post-story content and face Inazuma Legend Japan. [[WakeUpCallBoss Their members may not have Keshins, but even without one; they can destroy yours (sometimes even if you Mixi-Maxed) efortlessly]]. Their raw power isn't even their only issue here, they pass really well; and sometimes they'll even try to pass endlessly to stall you if they're in the lead. Winning this one requires you to be smart, and understand how to efficiently use your Keshins and Mixi-Maxes.
** Tsukigami no Ichijou (Nepuu) or Vamp Time (Raimei) takes the match with Inazuma Legend Japan to sadistic levels. Remember Inazuma Legend Japan's insane raw power? Now give them all a Keshin and their captain a Mixi-Max, we wish we're joking. You probably have to grind two Taisen Routes just so you could hope to win, even then that's a very shaky maybe. At this point you're either crying because you can't get in that one goal to win, or you've become masochistic enough to enjoy this.
** ''Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy'' has the [[spoiler:Raitoiniik Eleven]] as one of the most irritating matches in the series. Even though you confront them late into the game, they represent a huge difficulty spike from the rest of the game. To start off, most of the team has Forest type players and shoots, meaning that even if you use Ibuki's [[spoiler:soul]], they may still get past unless you are overleveled, thus forcing players to use either Shinsuke (who has weaker techs and stats) or a substitute goalkeeper they may have recruited [[spoiler:from Kidou's backup players]]. Second, the Goalkeeper is by far the toughest so far, using his [[spoiler:soul]] constantly and using an individually strong tech. The midfielders are also a pain, but by far the worst part is the stadium itself: [[spoiler:Galaxy has gravity gimmicks due to it being a game set in space]], and for the most part they work well: the first stadium to use this has the ball unable to bounce, the second stadium makes the ball unable to be lobbed into the air and instead encourages swift ground passes, and the third stadium, instead of the usual effects, has the ball unable to leave the bounds due to pressured steam comming out from the edges. This match? It has the ball bounce erratically making it frustrating to even pass the ball. If you are lucky, you will end up in the middle of 3 defenders. If not, then congratulations, you just passed the ball to the star striker of the enemy team.
** That's not even the worst part. At least you can actually be overleveled against [[spoiler: Raitoniik Eleven]], now imagine this stage's gimmick for a Level 99 route, using their weakest move; they can easily dribble and block you even if your moves have reached their ultimate stage (神[[note]]God[[/note]], ∞, or GO). The only thing you would be missing from not S-ranking this route is a free The Earth ∞ manual, which at this point you can get as a drop from Chrono Storm at Goujou's route, but completionists will find endless frustration here.
%%* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Fudou Akio.
* ValuesDissonance: Mamoru and co. are startled when they discover that Tsunami is one year older than them, and look genuinely frightened that they might have offended him by addressing him so informally. To Western audiences, this will seem like a highly exaggerated reaction.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Expect to mistake a really pretty boy for a girl often.
** Kirino Ranmaru from GO. It's impossible to tell he's a boy unless you've either played the game or noticed that the sub (or even dub) mentions Kirino as a "he", in fact he's so feminine to the point that some people have actually accused him of being a crossdresser.
** [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Zhuge Liang]] turns out to actually be a girl...
* TheWoobie: Everyone has at least one moment of this.
** Fubuki from the first series spends a very long time struggling over it.
** Taiyou is terminally ill and yet still loves soccer and is on the recieving end of a major CurbStompBattle from Raimon and Shuu, [[spoiler: who's little sister got used as a HumanSacrifice thanks to losing a soccer game and blames himself for it]].
* {{Woolseyism}}:
** Though the dubbed character names are honestly laughable, the localizations of the games themselves aren't half bad. One notable instance is in the first game, where Zeus's [[SuperSerum Aqua of the Gods]] is changed to "ambrosia", which both rolls off the tongue a lot better and fits quite nicely into the Myth/GreekMythology theme of the team.
** One case where a DubNameChange actually fits: Shuu gets given a vaguely {{Mayincatec}} name, which makes sense when you learn his backstory, as [[spoiler: using ball games to determine [[HumanSacrifice Human Sacrifices]] was TruthInTelevision for those cultures]].