* CompleteMonster - Lord Hazanko is is high ranking member of the Kei Pirates, right behind their two supreme rulers in terms of power and authority. Not satisfied, [[TheStarscream Hazanko schemes to overthrow his masters]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld rule over the Galaxy]]. Hazanko governs the assassin squad, the Anten Seven and routinely uses them to slaughter whoever he deems a potential threat with little care to collateral damage. When he encounters the heroes, Hazanko [[spoiler: gruesomely kills Harry [=MacDougal=], one of the rivals of the Outlaw Star crew]] and proceeds to mentally torture TheHero Gene Starwind and his ArtificialHuman beloved Melfina. After an initial defeat, Hazako merges with his own ship, [[spoiler: gaining power by [[DevourTheDragon devouring his crew]] and becomes an incredibly powerful being with OmnicidalManiac inclinations, planning to aim ''far'' further than just his erstwhile masters in who he intends to slaughter and conquer.]]
* [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Crowning]] EarWorm [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome of Awesome]]: ''Semenai de! Kesanai de! Makenai de! Dare datte motteru hazu yuzurenai mono!!''
** Even moreso, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz1508RBx2w first ending theme]] is ''beautiful''. Melfina actually sings it in a couple of the later episodes.
** EarWorm: "Pagua sanfa, pagua sanfa, pagua sanfa, pagua sanfa..."
* CultClassic: To about five people in Japan. In America, however... well, see below.
* DracoInLeatherPants: You'd be surprised how many Harry fans there are out there.
* DudeNotFunny: Gene attempting to touch Melfina between her legs when she's sleeping, considering how innocent and trusting she is.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Shimi is pretty popular.
* EscapistCharacter: The whole crew in general, but Gene must be the golden god of this trope. Just hang back in your sofa and dream about living his life.
** Subverted in that RealityEnsues, and he's in a lot of debt for the equipment on his ship as well as repairs, having to take odd jobs to pay it back and in jail more than once for the crazy stuff he did.
*** The second time was RealityEnsues, first was to find someone with coordinates for the Leyline.
* EvilIsCool: Rod [=MacDougal=].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Barely anyone in Japan recognizes ''Outlaw Star'' because it '''tanked''' in its homeland [[http://www.animenation.net/blog/2002/01/11/ask-john-how-popular-is-outlaw-star-in-japan/ (ratings and merchandise sales were pathetically low).]] However, it was a smash-hit in America and is still viewed extremely fondly to this day. In fact, American anime fans consider it to be one of the greatest series of the early-2000's, often mentioning it in the same breath as ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' and ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. The show is credited, along with ''[[Manga/DragonBall DBZ]]'' and ''Anime/GundamWing'', as one of the major shows that defined Creator/{{Toonami}}. When Creator/AdultSwim re-aired the Toonami edit, it actually outperformed ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083''.
** To put this in perspective, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/bandai_downsizing_ken_iyadomi_interview the man in charge of Bandai Entertainment stated]] that, prior to the company's shutdown, ''Outlaw Star'' ranked up there with ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' as one of the most successful series they ever released in North America.
*** To put this in further perspective, when Creator/{{Funimation}} announced in early 2014 that they'd rescued this show from its years-long limbo, North American anime fans considered it a Very Big Deal.
* HilariousInHindsight: Hilda being a blue-haired cyborg action girl gets to be this considering Mary Elizabeth [=McGlynn=]'s [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex later major voice acting gig]].
* MagnificentBastard: Ron [=MacDougal=].
* {{Moe}}: Melfina.
* NightmareFuel: Harry is psychotic, possessive, and just an outright CardCarryingVillain. He likes to demonstrate these things in ways that frighten Melfina and make the viewer cringe. [[spoiler:[[NightmareFuel especially Episode 17, OH MARY MOTHER OF GOD EPISODE 17]]. His behavior their descends from a cartoonish VillainousCrush to acting like an abusive stalker.]].
** Near the end of the series [[spoiler:Hazanko's mind and body fuse with his spaceship, the result of which is ''creepy'']].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Let's face it, the [=MacDougal=] Brothers pretty much stole the BigBad role from the Kei Pirates once they were properly introduced.
* [[spoiler:TooCoolToLive[=/=]MentorOccupationalHazard: Hot Ice Hilda. She's one of the most badass characters in the series, and on the good guys side. Of course she dies four episodes in.]]
* UncannyValley: The start of the ED is very creepy because of this, with a still drawing of a girl drawn realistically, but with almost BESM proportions. And [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v622/super_llama/outlawstarface.jpg she's staring right at you.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The anime is based on a {{Seinen}} manga, and yet it ended up airing in a kid-friendly timeslot on Creator/CartoonNetwork's old Creator/{{Toonami}} block.
** Well, that's kinda why the show ended up getting edited to a nearly-absurd degree. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/edit-list/2001-06-26/outlaw-star-ep-1-5 As you can see here,]] notable examples included toning down the violence, the language, [[NoSmoking the smoking]], the sexual references (including banning a plot-important HotSpringsEpisode that was wall-to-wall female fanservice), as well as [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms changing guns into blasters]].
*** Those who watched the Toonami broadcast must have had something of a shock when they saw the DVD's which are, as stated before, completely uncut.

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