* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Lord Hazanko]] is a high-ranking member of the Kei Pirates, right behind their [[BiggerBad two supreme rulers]] in terms of power and authority. Not satisfied, [[TheStarscream Hazanko schemes to overthrow his masters]] and 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 gruesomely kills Harry [=MacDougal=], one of the rivals of the Outlaw Star crew and proceeds to [[MindRape mentally torture]] [[TheHero Gene Starwind]] and his [[RobotGirl beloved Melfina]]. After an initial defeat, Hazanko merges with his own ship, gaining power by [[spoiler:[[DevourTheDragon devouring his crew]]]] and becomes an incredibly powerful being with OmnicidalManiac inclinations, planning to aim far higher than his erstwhile masters in whom he intends to slaughter and conquer.
* [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning]] EarWorm [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic 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.
* DieForOurShip: If you ship Mel/Gene, then Harry's an irredeemable villain. If you ship Mel/Harry, then Gene is a unrepentant and sexist womanizer who doesn't deserve her.
* 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.
** But then LaserGuidedKarma kicks in [[spoiler: in the form of Jim smacking Gene upside the head with a frying pan]] and it is VERY funny.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Shimi is pretty popular for being in only one episode.
** Among the regular cast, Aisha is generally the most popular, for a lot of different reasons; from her looks, her attitude, her badass fighting skill, her fun and childish personality, all the way to being something of a role model for dark skinned anime fan girls.
* EvilIsCool: Ron [=MacDougal=], a calm, collected, tough and super {{Badass}} outlaw, who is also a murderer with so many victims he no longer remembers or cares about them all, and who openly supports the most psychotic whims of his deranged little brother.
* 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/MobileSuitGundamWing'', as one of the major shows that defined the Creator/{{Toonami}} block on Creator/CartoonNetwork. When Creator/AdultSwim re-aired the Toonami edit (much to the disappointment to those who were expecting it to be uncensored and include the banned episode "Hot Springs Planet Tenrei"), it actually outperformed ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory''.
** 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.
** Most recently, Toonami [[http://www.threecentsapp.com/questions/288908292718675943/results?answer-id=288908295730185284&invitation= held a poll]] to see which previously aired anime fans would like to see on the block again. ''Outlaw Star'' came in a close second to ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', and beat out such anime heavyweights as ''Samurai Champloo'' and the aforementioned ''Trigun.''
* 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]].
* IronWoobie: Oneshot character Reiko Ando, who is shown to be sincerely and passionately in love with Fred Luo, even though they are under an ArrangedMarriage, but totally unaware of Fred Luo's sexuality meaning [[IncompatibleOrientation he finds her inherently unappealing]]. To prove herself worthy of his love, she willingly undertakes his challenge to win five consecutive women's fighting tournament championships, in the process bulking up with so many muscles it's clear [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon she's very unlikely to find another guy interested in her]] even if she does accept Fred will never return her feelings. When she comes close to finally winning, Fred pulls some strings to have the Outlaw Star crew cheat and ensure Reiko loses. And at the episode's end, all she does is give Fred a heartfelt apology for "failing him" and sincerely promise she'll win another five tournaments for him. It really makes you feel sorry for her, knowing she's never going to win Fred's love in return.
* MagnificentBastard: Ron [=MacDougal=].
* {{Moe}}: Melfina fits the archetype perfectly.
* 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]]. 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'']].
* [[spoiler:TooCoolToLive: 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.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: Harry's fangirls love to claim that his feelings for Melfina are not only genuine but was what ultimately diminished his tendency to go totally [[AxCrazy ax-crazy]]. Others argue that his obsession with her just led him to become even more detached from reality until [[DeathEqualsRedemption death staring him in the face finally gave him a much needed reality check.]]
* 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. [[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 (the one that aired during the day, not the Saturday late-night line-up that has its anime more-or-less uncut). This is why it was so heavily censored. [[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 and toning down Fred Luo's homosexual crush on Gene), 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.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Crossed with {{Bowdlerization}} with Hilda's death. In the uncut version, she activates a bomb in her teeth, blowing herself and one of the pirates up. In the version aired on Toonami, the bomb is omitted, and Hilda drifting into the star is somehow more poignant -- and more realistic than what appears to be a tiny nuclear device in her molars.
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