* FashionVictimVillain: The Shittenou, because their uniforms in the manga and anime were rather drab. But especially Beryl and Mio in the special act.
* FoeYay / HoYay: and how! As opposed to the original anime/manga, Kunzite and Zoisite are at each other's throats in terms of their motives throughout the series. While Zoisite [[spoiler:realizes early in the series that his true master is Endymion and continues to protect him from then on]], Kunzite wishes to [[spoiler:destroy Endymion and Princess Serenity alike for falling in love and leading to the destruction of their worlds]]. Needless to say, their conflicting motives cause sparks to fly, and Kunzite goes so far as to [[spoiler: shove Zoisite into his piano with his sword to keep him down]] to make a point not to cross him.
** Although some of it could be ShippingGoggles due to them being a canon couple in the anime (where they were quite loving and respectful of one another, there was no FoeYay).
** Zoisite and Minako have a temporary cease-fire and even work together in order to keep Usagi and Mamoru away from each other, because they know [[spoiler: it can bring about the end of the world.]]
** Zoisite's extreme devotion to Mamoru - much more so than any of the other Shittennou, even after they all regain their memories - certain suggests ''something'' on the HoYay front.
** There's also a little bit of Zoisite/Jadeite Foe Yay near the end of the series due to Jadeite staying loyal to Queen Beryl.
* FridgeBrilliance: When the girls are reading [[spoiler: Minako's]] final letter, the camera shows each of them sobbing-Except for Ami, who is crying but not nearly as hard as the rest. At first you think maybe the actress just couldn't pull it off, but then you realize that Ami wouldn't be crying as hard since she wasn't as close to [[spoiler: Minako]] as the other three were; she was the only one who didn't get any special bonding moments with her throughout the whole series.
* FridgeHorror: After everyone (especially Rei) insists that [[spoiler:Minako should undergo surgery for her terminal illness, she dies -- probably from the surgery]].
** [[spoiler:To be fair, terminal illness implies certain death anyways, the surgery at least had a CHANCE of saving her.]]
* GrowingTheBeard: When attempting to introduce new people to the show, most fans find themselves insisting "It really does get better after the first five episodes!" Episode 6 is generally considered to be about the time when the show finds its groove and the overarching story starts to take off. YMMV, though: some like it right from the start, others find they ''really'' start taking it seriously about halfway through the series, when the show gets noticeably darker. Still ''others'' find them preferring the lighter tone of the earlier episodes, stating that the darker tone [[{{Narm}} clashes with the show's budget.]] It's kind of a [[BrokenBase divisive issue.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: The team-ups in the Reiko-Minako battle. For Reiko's team (Rei, Makoto, Ami), their actresses are still in the line of acting in their post-PGSM careers. For Minako's team (Minako, Usagi, Luna), their actresses post-PGSM are on the modeling side, especially the gravure idol genre.
** In one filler episode of S Minako auditions to be the leading along side a popular idol singer she's a fan of. At one point she's saying how amazing it'd be to be an idol and a senshi only for her to not pass to which she laments how it would have been cool. Come the live action and guess what she is?
** When it first started any criticism of the show (especially those comparing it unfavorably to the anime) would be met with the rejoinder "at least it's more faithful to the manga".
* LesYay: This is ''Sailor Moon'' after all, there is a lot of deep, deep girl-girl friendship. The subtext fans go crazy with this show. Even the cast jokes how in love Ami is with Usagi. Rei and Minako's love/hate rivalry/friendship also count. Lots of feelings there.
** It even carries over the cast in real life post-[=PGSM=]. Considering the relationship of Mars & Venus in RomanMythology, Keiko (Mars) and Ayaka (Venus) are very close to each other. Mew (Jupiter) and Chisaki (Ami) are also close friends after the show.
* {{Narm}}: It's hard to take some of the otherwise dramatic scenes seriously when the reaction shots include a stuffed cat with a glittery tear-shaped sticker affixed to his cheek.
** The end of Episode 24 is either the most awesome dramatic scene to date, or ''really'' stretching the SuspensionOfDisbelief because of the way the actors are attempting to portray serious injuries (limping badly and grabbing one arm, respectively). It might have worked better if they hadn't dragged out the same limping run for like two whole minutes.
** Anything involving Mamoru's anguished or angry face.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: At the start (after episode one, of course), the effects (particularly in the transformation sequences) were ''awful''. The team refined their craft over the course of the show's run, though.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Usagi and Mamoru in the Special Act. ''Must'' Usagi act so immature?
* TearJerker: Anytime a character dies. Except for [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] Mio, which is ironic since [[spoiler: she's a clone of Beryl, and Beryl DOES get a sad send-off. I suppose Mio just took Beryl's evil UpToEleven.]]
** Special mention must go to [[spoiler: Minako]], who doesn't even die in battle. No matter what you thought of her character in this series and despite the {{Narm}} of Artemis' shot mentioned above, there's no denying it's devastatingly sad.
** Also, [[spoiler:Zoisite]].
* TheWoobie: Nephrite.

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