* BaseBreaker: Ayumi.
** The canonicity of this portion of the franchise. While the idea of the teams meeting each other is great, there are some, both within the fandom and with the creators of the various seasons, who feel that bringing them back for series like this just cheapens the endings to their series and with them forever stuck as their initial ages isn't fair, unlike their Kamen Rider and Super Sentai counterparts, who are allowed to be seen aged up if the actual actor returns.
* ContestedSequel: ''Spring Carnival'', mostly because the majority of the movie is TheMusical.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: New Stage 2 seems to be saying "Hey kids! You can make friends by being really mean to them and using them for your own ends! They'll still save you even if you've done nothing to deserve it!"
* FauxSymbolism: New Stage 3's premise. It's about a mother tapir who wants to protect her shy, sensitive child from all bad things to the point of going too far, becoming completely overbearing, and hurting others in the process. Doesn't this sound like a very thinly veiled TakeThat to MoralGuardians and the whole "protect the children" idea?
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: The little SliceOfLife sections from the dance segments in ''Spring Carnival''. For longtime viewers of the series, seeing some of their favorite characters in their own universes really brings home the nostalgia factor. Here are some examples:
** [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Splash Star]]: Saki and Mai are losing a volleyball game but are spurred on by their cheering friends and are able to turn the game around. The girls then engage in a celebratory hug. And for meta-Heartwarming points, the cameo appearances of [[EnsembleDarkhorse Michiru and Kaoru]].
** [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Fresh]]: On top of bringing back the first ED theme, which alone can count as a meta-Moment of Heartwarming, the Cures are seen giving hearts to many of the side characters, including their families, Kaoru, Westar, Soular, and some of Labyrinth's children. After the dance, Love says that while Setsuna has been absent for a while due to reforming Labyrinth, she, Miki, and Inori still consider her to be their precious friend. Setsuna smiles in response.
** [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Heartcatch]]: [[PosthumousCharacter Cologne]], Yuri's long-forgotten fairy partner, is shown on-screen for the first time since 2010. Even Yuri is moved to tears.
** [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Suite]]: Ako smiling with the [[spoiler: purified Noise]] and giving her mom a bouquet of flowers, followed by the rest of the Cures jumping in for a group hug. Hibiki playing piano with both her mom and dad looking on can also be one due to how little time either can spend with their daughter.
** [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Smile]]: Miyuki and the gang get together to celebrate Candy's birthday. Needless to say, there were smiles on both sides of the fourth wall.
** [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure Doki Doki]]: Rather than a SliceOfLife segment, Doki Doki plays a montage of moments from its run, including Aguri and Eru holding hands in the festival episode and Mana giving Regina a hug during [[spoiler: the final battle]].
** [[Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure Happiness Charge]]: Megumi and the others hold a "Happiness Party", complete with the flowers cut to look like Ribbon and Glassan and Blue making an appearance, [[spoiler: presumably to visit the Cures after helping Red restore his planet.]] Yep, there's plenty to be happy about.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: ''[=DX3=]'''s climax brings the Cures one last chance to transform and save the world at the cost of never being able to see their mascot friends again. Seeing as how the movie was released towards the beginning of ''[[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Suite]]'', there was no way they'd permanently lock away the Cures' ability to transform.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Seriously, why were these 70 minutes each? There could have been even more ass-kicking!
** The Zakenna airplane. Which Black and White promptly kick into the distance (while said plane is still several hundred feet up)
** For most of the battle sequences, each team only fought strategically alongside their respective teammates, and "mixed combat" was more of a side-effect... until Cure Dream and Cure Bloom punch a Kowainaa monster in the face TOGETHER! (While Egret and Lemonade are busy surviving.) The power of earth and dreams! UNITED!!
** Milky Rose punching the ground and leaving a LARGE crater for the Big Bad to slip in.
*** In the sequel, she briefly goes into mascot form to dodge an attack ''and'' ''roundhouse sucker punch'' her opponent back!
** In the third movie, when everyone ran off to make space on the Whack-A-Monster, Cure Moonlight just stood there unfazed like a complete {{Badass}} before she whacks the monsters singlehandedly and inspiring the rest of the Cures to get on whacking (lots of monsters eventually).
** In New Stage 2, after Cure March attempts a March Shoot at the BigBad who simply dodges it and gloats how it's direct and lacks technique, Cure March proceeds to do a MacrossMissileMassacre version of her attack after saying "I'll give you all the direct attacks you want!"
* {{Narm}}: the epilogue of the third movie was supposed to be serious but ended up being happy instead.
** The ending credits too. It was supposed to be really sad, but the happy ending music kind of ruin the mood.
* NightmareFuel: Slightly less than halfway through, the second film takes a dive straight into a level of DerangedAnimation rivaled only by the likes of ''RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure''. Even the villains in the second film go to this later on, as in they became the Devil Themselves.
* OneSceneWonder: Fans of the {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s of the franchise seem to cling at TheCameo of their favorites, but nothing seems to surpass the popularity of [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Seika]] donning ElegantGothicLolita in ''New Stage 2''.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The teams are seen interacting for some of the sequel (most notably the Heartcatch and Fresh teams), which is an improvement over the {{Stealth Hi Bye}}s of the first movie. However, it's ''only'' those two teams that really interact for more than a few minutes, so mileage will vary.
* TheScrappy: Cure Echo is disliked among a group of fans for taking away focus from the other cures for the majority of the movie and doing even less than Shiny Luminous. It's made worse by the fact that she doesn't even become a Cure until the final 10 minutes of New Stage 1, and doesn't even fight, all she does is give Fuu-chan a cooldown hug then de-transforms.
** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: In New Stage 3. While, once again, she only appears in the last 10 minutes of the movie. She actually fights this time, and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Enyen and Grell]] become her Fairy Partners.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: There are a few fans, spoiled by the high-octane action of the ''DX'' movies, that see ''New Stage'''s OriginalCharacter focus to be an annoyance.
** ''Spring Carnival'', which made almost the entire movie into TheMusical while putting the action to the sidelines.
* TearJerker: The end of the third movie.
** Nozomi's farewell to her dreamworld in New Stage 3.
* ToughActToFollow: ''[=DX3=]'' delivered so much, be it actions, speaking parts, sweet, awesome and sad moments that many people felt the ''New Stage'' movies, while pretty good on their own, were a little lacking when compared to the ''DX'' ones.
* TooSoon: A tsunami scene ([[spoiler:the flood of various fairies from other worlds]]) was cut from ''[=DX3=]'' due to the 9.0 magnitude Sendai earthquake and tsunami. It was later restored on the DVD release, however.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Teaser pictures for ''New Stage'' showed off a number of things including the Smile team under attack by Fusion over the city, Cures Peach, Blossom, Melody and Echo evading attacks by Fusion and a picture of Ayumi with Hibiki, Tsubomi and Love hinting that Ayumi would have known who the Cures were. None of this happened.
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