* AccidentalInnuendo: Well, this ''is'' the internet.
--> ''"But Bittenfeld, knowing it's a [[DudeLooksLikeALady trap]], decides to [[ThatCameOutWrong plunge in anyways!]]"''
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Invoked very deliberately with most characters.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Surprisingly averted for the most part. While there are a good deal of filibusters and author tracts in-verse (even from the narrator), they come from different perspectives, all not necessarily treated as better than others. Yang himself lampshades this by pointing out contradictions and hypocrisies in his own beliefs. Those said, there are times when SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* CompleteMonster:
** Prince Braunschweig, heir of the Goldenbaum dynasty. Braunschweig acts swiftly to crush any hint of rebellion from any subordinate and shows no remorse at all at any deaths that occur. He continues the Goldenbaum dynasty's despicable policies of eugenics and oppress to the populace, but his crowning achievement of villainy is when protests against the Goldenbaums occur at the colony world of Westerland. Braunschweig simply decides to kill every inhabitant on the world with a nuclear strike. Ironically this [[StupidEvil has the opposite effect he intended]] and simply makes the AntiHero Reinhard's campaign against him more popular.
** There is also the first Emperor of the Galactic Empire, [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Rudolf von Goldenbaum]], who slaughtered billions of people with his Eugenics Policies. The handicapped, gay, mentally retarded or ill, or poor were killed. [[AMillionIsAStatistic Though, due to how big of a population there was in the Empire, hardly anyone noticed the billions of deaths until after the effect]]. Those who noticed were understandably reluctant to speak out, as all suspected political dissidents were persecuted even worse, often being summarily executed in public places in broad daylight. [[LaserGuidedKarma The day karma came calling]], Rudolf only cemented his status: when his only son, borne to him by his favorite mistress (and possible One True Love), was discovered to be a congenital idiot (simultaneously invalidating all his übermensch rhetoric and kicking him in the balls on a personal level), he ordered that any and all involved in the birth be executed - doctors, nurses, even the mother herself. Living to old age [[LonelyAtTheTop with no loved ones]] and DyingAlone hardly seems punishment enough, but like RealLife, life in ''Legend of the Galactic Heroes'' is seldom fair.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: You would expect that either Reinhard or Yang Wenli would be the most popular characters of the show. Granted, they are popular, but who is the absolute darling of ficwriters and discussants? The enigmatic, electronic-eyed and utterly ruthless [[TheChessmaster Paul von Oberstein]].
* FoeYayShipping: How some fans interpret the relationship between Reinhard and Yang.
* HarsherInHindsight: There's a moment as early as episode 17 where a character mentions to another that if he's in trouble, "I'll get you to come save me". [[spoiler: And then, around sixty episodes later, Yang is shot and dies, with Julian arriving minutes too late.]]
* [[HeartwarmingInHindsight Heartwarming]] + HilariousInHindsight: Episode 13 has Kesler having to deal with Reinhard's "scorched earth" tactic on a planet, while dealing with a woman named Vier, whom he would have did ChildhoodFriendRomance with, but left to join the military, and when he sees her again, he hears she was married and has a son, but find out her husband died in combat, and the kicker, Vier is voiced by SakikoTamagawa, who is currently the wife of Creator/ShuichiIkeda (Kesler's voice actor).
* ItWasHisSled: It's pretty well known just ''how'' far the series takes its AnyoneCanDie policy.
** Likewise, [[spoiler:the Empire defeating the Alliance]] is a rather hard spoiler to avoid, given that it comes up in almost every discussion of the show.
* MagnificentBastard: Many who vary in effectiveness, but Reinhard is the best of the lot.
* MemeticMutation:
** [[http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/NiteRabbit/1268252176292.jpg Are]] [[http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/NiteRabbit/1265307751256.jpg you]] '''[[http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b85/NiteRabbit/1271877793442.jpg frustrated?]]'''
** [[http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu328/Smokie1/1310957216257.png?t=1311435488 This wiki would be better]] [[http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu328/Smokie1/Ifonly2.jpg if only Kircheis were here...]]
** Louis Mashengo. Yang Wenli never remembers who he is and often wonders why he is around. When taken out of context, it carries some rather UnfortunateImplications.
** Taking Oberstein's ever-stoic face and captioning in things like "rofl XD"
* MoralEventHorizon: Oberstein keeps teetering on the edge, and arguably crosses it with [[spoiler:the Westerland incident]] - made only worse by the fact that his actions proved to have an overall ''positive'' effect for Reinhard and his followers.
** Adrian Rubinsky starts out as a ruthless schemer who only cares about profiting from the war. At the end of the show, however, he dies of a malignant brain tumor. ''Then'' we find out that his death would trigger bombs ''all over Heinessen'', killing god knows how many people in the process. Any why? Only so he ''might'' take Kaiser Reinhard down with him. For someone who was a MagnificentBastard for most of the show, this act of pointless destruction sure makes him seem like a monster.
* StoicWoobie: Oskar von Reuenthal. He has MommyIssues, which are his FreudianExcuse for never being able to form a lasting relationship with his lovers, knocks up a woman who ''[[SlapSlapKiss wanted to kill him]]'', and is wrongfully accused of treason ''twice'', the second time deciding to go along with it because he's too prideful to [[ClearMyName clear his name]] a second time despite knowing that he's outnumbered and will probably die. No wonder why he he's Mittermeyer's drinking buddy, who wouldn't want to buy the guy a drink (besides Oberstein and Lang)?
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* ValuesDissonance:
** There are a couple of jokes about Frederica's cooking ability that given that she's both a naval officer and later, [[spoiler: a politician]] would seem a little out of place in a modern, western show.
** While Frederica may hold a relatively low official rank, the ''unofficial'' power she commands is rather substantial. [[spoiler: As both Yang's wife and his adjutant, Frederica is basically his closest and most important advisor, and inherits his full political power following his death. It also seems likely that, with the end of the war and the new peace, that she will continue to hold a prominent role in Heinessen/Imperial politics.]]
** A greater source of dissonance, at least from the point of view of modern liberal democracies, is the willingness to admit that autocracy can be preferable to democracy under certain circumstances. In the end, [[spoiler: the Autocracy dominates the entire inhabited galaxy (with Heinessen left as a Democracy reservation), though there are hints that it will become a Constitutional Monarchy through gradual reforms]].
*** This is especially troublesome since the [[ImperialGermany actual history]] of [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic the Empire's obvious inspiration]] does [[OttoVonBismarck not leave]] [[FrancoPrussianWar much room]] [[WorldWarOne to be hopeful]] and [[AMillionIsAStatistic millions upon millions]] [[FascistButInefficient of reasons]] to be doubtful.