* AdaptationDisplacement: Played with it: As is already explained, the franchise is based in the American ''Lost Worlds'' gamebooks, who previously were barely known even in their native U.S., much less outside of it. And while QB is still more known than LW, on the other hand, the unusual success of Queen's Blade in both Japan and the U.S. helped to revive the interest on the older ''Lost World'' books whose the characters are based of. It does help Firelight Company (the actual owners of the ''Lost Worlds'' franchise) and also Flying Buffalo (the former publishers of the franchise) are GenreSavvy to know that Hobby Japan is a more bigger and powerful company in Japan and HJ also acknowledge the fact their own franchise is based in a foreign one.[[note]]Possibly because they are legally forced to do so.[[/note]] The same goes for both Flying Buffalo and Firelight Company's homepages.
** Actually, Jill Leonardi, the daughter of Alfred Leonardi (the original designer of the ''Lost Worlds'' books) is working closely with Hobby Japan designing new matrices for the QB gamebooks. In fact, her name appears in the copyright disclaimer of the Hobby Japan's homepage about QB.
* [[AmericaSavesTheDay America and England Saves The Day]]: In the ''Queen's Gate'' novels, the main plot is solved by the two main heroines, the British heroine Alice and her American partner Dorothy. This reaches almost borderline the UnfortunateImplications territory, since all the Japanese characters that appears in the light novel are the villains [[spoiler: and at the end of the story, all of them die along Arunikuf during the final battle]]. This could be considered pretty ironic if you take into account the authors of the novel are ''Japanese'' themselves.
* AssPull: [[spoiler:Leina [[DeusExMachina spontaneously]] gaining [[MegaManning the ability to use the powers and techniques of her previous opponents]] - including Claudette's lightning strikes - during her match against Aldra. It literally came outta nowhere as there was no foreshadowing of any kind. What makes it even more egregious is, they offer no explanation for it and Leina never uses any of their powers again, at any time afterward]].
* AuthorsSavingThrow: Possibly the only reason why [[spoiler:Werbellia The Swamp Witch]] appears in the third episode of the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=] is because she is the only character that never appeared in any animated adaptation, even in the [[spoiler:TV series at the end, as it ends in a GeckoEnding instead]].
* AwesomeMusic: While most of the incidental music of the two first seasons and the [=OVAs=] are rather generic[[note]]This is justified, as QueensBlade was one of the composer's (Masaru Yokoyama) very first jobs.[[/note]] some themes shines towards others:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXNECgyQoeQ Queen's Blade Theme]]: Played when something important is going to happen, normally almost at the end of the episode.
* BadassDecay -- [[spoiler:Nanael, who first beat up three major demons single-handedly, but suddenly can't stand up against even ''one'']].
** [[spoiler:Justified. Her powers are tied to the amount of holy milk she has left, and she had spilled a fair amount before the fight, and lost enough during that she couldn't use her telepathic sword.]]
* BileFascination -- Many critics on the internet blasted this as not merely the worst new anime of the season, but perhaps of all time. Many decided to follow it of some hideous combination of morbid curiosity and horrified fascination.
** Of course they are missing the point, and there is some truly epic animation in a few battle scenes. See also GrowingTheBeard below.
*** To be fair, you have to burn through the first two episodes first, and it's difficult to get a good first impression of acid boobs and a frog that has saliva that melts clothes.
** The hatedom becomes ''bigger'' when the U.S BD release of ''RecordOfLodossWar'' was canceled in favor of QB.
* CanonFodder: Hobby Japan is ''infamous'' for not giving straight answers about everything not related about the characters (like the Continent, the war that happened 100 years previously between the Vances versus everyone in the Continent, Melona and Airi's origins, Nowa's biological family, Claudette's biological mother, etc.)
** Hobby Japan themselves did answered some questions in an (already gone) FAQ in their homepage in 2007 as an interview from the fans with the characters and also with Hans (Hobby Japan's collective WordOfGod). While some of the answers solves some questions, at the same time [[WordOfGod Hans]] berated, [[ValuesDissonance in a very Japanese way]], about people who asked personal questions, like the characters' ages.
* CanonSue: Leina plays with it a lot: [[spoiler:At first, she begins the story as an underdog living under the shadow of her more stronger sisters and her mother. Later, after taking a TrainingFromHell from Echidna, she becomes practically ''invincible'' and not only she wins the tournament, at the time the [=OVAs=] came out, she's able to [[VideoGame/{{Ys}} wipe out entire armies for breakfast]] without breaking a sweat. Subverted big time in ''Rebellion'' since she become DemotedToExtra thanks of her curse (Both in the anime adaptation and in the Illustrated Stories, possibly to avoid becoming in a female, medieval version of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Kira Yamato]][[note]]Keep in mind, at the time when the ''Rebellion'' gamebooks came out in Japan in 2008, the ''SEED Destiny'' debacle was still fresh in the minds of both fans and the members of the Japanese animation industry, being the Franchise/{{Gundam}} franchise too influential in Japanese media, so Hobby Japan really wanted to avoid as hell the same situation with Leina.[[/note]]) and even when she had to face her sister Claudette, ''Mirim'' of all people, is the one who defeats her and the final battle against the Swamp Witch, Annelotte and Aldra are the ones who defeated her.]]
** In the ''Vanquished Queens'' short stories, she is the ''only'' character spared from having a DownerEnding, and the "worst" thing she happens to her is being defeated by Claudette and healed by Risty, [[IntimateHealing in a very special way]]. On the other hand, this is averted really, REALLY hard in the animated adaptation, since she's now the victim of [[spoiler:The Swamp Witch herself]].
* ClicheStorm: Played with it: While the whole series uses many cliches from the HeroicFantasy genre, it also '''avoid''' others like ElvesVersusDwarves and the ''Dark Elves are evil'' cliche (Echidna per example can be a big jerk, at worst, but not being evil).
* ContestedSequel: The animated adaptation of ''Rebellion'' is this: While the TV series improved some parts, like the soundtrack, on the other hand many aspects of the plot from the Illustrated Stories were either changed or removed, and the epic battles from the novels were replaced by only Annelotte and every named heroic character against the Queen's Army and half of the series is wasted on sometimes pointless plot events and {{Fanservice}} and the worst part of all [[spoiler:the whole plot of the TV series is concluded in the last three episodes, just to finish in a unsolved CliffHanger]].
* DracoInLeatherPants: While all the female villains are subject of this, Melona and Airi deserve a special mention: Both the fans and ''also'' the animated adaptations ''toned down'' most of their worst aspects from the original gamebooks, novelizations and some manga adaptations. In the original canon, Melona is an AxCrazy monster with very few redeeming qualities, [[spoiler:who rapes Mirim, doesn't mind using Mirim for commit ''mass murder'' (in the ''Rebellion'' manga adaptation) and it's heavily implied she used Claudette for commiting ''genocide'' on anyone who stand in her and master's way, and the worst part of all, [[KarmaHoudini she never gets what she deserves]]]], while Airi was a very one-dimensional villainess without any characterization other than being faithful to the Swamp Witch and her job is being the [[spoiler:KnightOfCerebus in ''Rebellion'' by killing Annelotte's stepmother]] in the manga. The animated adaptation, on the other hand, while they're both being still evil, they're portrated in a more sympathetic light, and the worst thing Melona did in all the animated adaptations is [[spoiler:manipulating Mirim's feelings for Ymir and using Mirim as a guinea pig]], while Airi's personality is expanded considerably. On the other hand, and oddly enough, [[spoiler:in the animated adaptations, Melona did really ''gets'' the punishment she deserves, by being captured by Laila]].
* EnsembleDarkHorse -- Considering the sheer number of hentai pictures based on Cattleya and [[ParentalIncest Rana]] to the extent that one might not even ''know'' there's a legit series and that she has a relatively small role.
** Melona, if only due to how bizarre she is overall.
** Also Shizuka.
** And Airi in season 2.
** And Lamica and Arane too from the ''Spiral Chaos'' games
* EvilIsSexy: All the female villains.
* FanficFuel: Due of the many gaps in the characters' characterization and plot, especially anything related about the past of the Vances and how the tournament came to be, not to mention about the rest of the named cast, etc.
* FoeYay: Melona seems to have an obsession with Leina, due to how she constantly gets defeated by her and wants to face her personally herself.
* FriendlyFandoms: With ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', of all things, (at least with crossover fanfics is concerned) despise the only thing in common QB has with ''Naruto'' is both series are action-oriented, albeit some characters, like [[FanservicePack Ino Yamanaka]], [[MsFanservice Tsunade]], [[HiddenBuxom Hinata Hyuga]] and few other females definitely would not being too out of place in the ''QueensBlade'' universe in any stretch.
* GodModeSue: Echidna. She's been undefeated in over 500 years. [[WorfEffect Guess what happens to anyone who tries to fight her?]]
* GrowingTheBeard -- Despite the FanService overload the story unfolds in a rather interesting direction.
* LesYay[=/=]HomoeroticSubtext: So many to list.
** Leina appears to have a weak spot for Risty, enough to go to great lengths to find her.
** Menace, despite all the crap Anarista put her on, she still mourns over her betrayal.
** Airi kisses and gropes both Nowa and Leina.
*** She uses the kiss to suck out their [[LifeEnergy life force]] but still has a thing for girls.
** Elina clearly has a thing for Leina. She also has feelings for their elder sister, [[http://www.citymanga.com/queen_s_blade_hide_seek/chapter-20/5/ Claudette, in Hide & Seek.]]
** Claudette apparently wants Elina for herself, and expresses [[http://www.citymanga.com/queen_s_blade_hide_seek/chapter-16/20/ jealousy over Elina fighting to be with Leina instead.]]
** Irma, formerly, towards Echidna.
** Echidna may have a thing for Leina, and Irma.
*** All but confirmed in Leina's case, though it's heavily implied a lot of it is done because [[ItAmusedMe it amused her]].
*** Confirmed, via flashback, in Irma's case, which shows they once had a relationship.
*** In fact, the only characters that are canonically ''straight'' are Nanael, Cattleya (since she's already married, and with a son to boot) and [[spoiler:Aldra in ''Rebellion.'']]
** Dorothy towards Alice, althrough one-sided for Alice, but at the end of the trilogy, [[spoiler: she manages to kiss her.]]
* HarsherInHindsight[=/=]RealLifeWritesThePlot: Nanael's [[HaremSeeker Harem-seeking]] tendences can be really heart-wrenching if you know what happened with [[Creator/AyaHirano her voice actress]] precisely for doing that, to the grade she was black-listed from her former agency and possibly from the franchise as default, hence why she doesn't appear in ''Rebellion'' and Laila replaces her.
** Also, the entire scene when [[spoiler:Melona rapes Mirim with a dildo-shaped device inside her]] in the ''Illustrated Stories'' is even more harsher if you're played ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidGroundZeroes'', since at the end of the game, [[spoiler:Paz has a '''bomb inside her vagina''' besides the bomb inside her intestines, and that bomb ended killing her]]. While the ''Anime/QueensBlade'' version of that scene is played for both drama and tiltilation, the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' one is played for PURE '''NightmareFuel'''.
* HilariousInHindsight: A voice acting related one: Remember when [[FateStayNight Saber]] complains about [[IAmNotPretty not being beautiful]] and having MuscleAngst? Cue Leina (who shares the same voice actress with Saber) who is everything Saber hates about herself.
** Creator/TakakoHonda's role as the Head Archangel is even more hilarious if you know she is the dub voice of ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Nightmare Moon]]'' and also ''[[VideoGame/AsurasWrath Olga]]''.
** AkiraIshida's role as Delmore (at least in the anime series) is even more funnier if you know he voiced [[spoiler:[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa, an angel]], and Delmore is an ''[[EldritchAbomination Evangelion-style Angel.]]'']]
** In the English dub: DanGreen (Count Vance) [[Anime/YuGiOh got demoted from being the King of Games to be the Count of them]].
* InferredHolocaust: At the end of ''Rebellion'', (at least in the ''Illustrated Stories'' novelization, since in the anime adaptation [[spoiler:it ends in a CliffHanger]]), [[spoiler:The Swamp Witch (or the evil spirit who manipulated Werbellia) is defeated and Claudette returns to her older self after being defeated by Mirim, but is never explained what happened with all the returning characters (excluding Alleyne, whose fate is already implied in the novelization, but make it explicit in the [=OVAs=]) who where cursed by her, since she wasn't killed at the end and she's still on large thanks to Airi, meaning that everyone who was cursed, minus Claudette, are still cursed. And even Claudette herself is not safe of this, since thanks of her conquering antics and the Rebellion War because of her while being under the Witch's control means that she needs to defend her title as the queen in the next 4 years, since if she lose the title, maybe she and the Vances possibly will face the consequences for everything she did when she was the queen, even if wasn't entirely her fault]].
* JerkassWoobie: Nanael, sure she can come off as racist toward the human race, has a really bad ego and won't hesitate to leave people in need behind, you can't help but feel something for her especially when you find out in episode 7 that she's ostracized by the other angels for not being able to fit in with them because of her wings (and her attitude which was probably developed from being isolated and only having one friend). Besides, her personality is justified given that the majority of angels have the same view as her and come off as hypocritical in comparison.
* MoralEventHorizon - Illustrated Stories only: [[spoiler:The novel implies Ymir (or Melona impersonating her) basically ''raped'' Mirim when she tries to improve her Ultra-Vibrating Armor putting a dildo-like device in her nether parts. For obvious reasons, the anime adaptation avoids this and she use the Magical stones in Mirim's armor breastplate and crotch zones instead.]]
** The manga adaptation is even '''[[UpToEleven worse]]''': While [[spoiler:the rape scene]] was skipped (or happened offscreen), on the other hand [[spoiler:she forces Mirim to ''kill innocent people'' just because [[ForTheEvulz she wanted it]] and she [[BrokenBird brokes Mirim]] ''really hard'' in the process]].
* {{Narm}}: Find this hard to believe, but if you watch this and your focus isn't on the fanservice, each time the Ecchi aspect seizes control of, well, everything, your going to find it rather ridiculous. Special mention goes to the [[spoiler: final battle between Aldra and Leina.]] One attack blasts Leina across the battlefield, using her sword to slow her down. Where is the camera in all of this? Pointing at Leina's behind. Close up. It's pretty silly.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The whole franchise as a whole, especially in [[AllThereInTheManual additional materials]], seems to be clear in one thing, regardless the whole FanService: If you want to get something in life, you ''must'' be ready to sacrifice something valuable for you if you want to pursue your dreams and be ready to face the consequences of your actions, being good or bad. This is even [[InvokedTrope invoked by Alleyne]] when fighting against Leina in the gamebook continuity. [[spoiler:And '''OH BOY''' she's right, since basically almost every named character does lose something valuable at the end, especially in the Illustrated Stories. And the Elves are the ones who suffer the most, since Alleyne not only lose Nowa, she also lose her entire Elf Village at the hands of the Swamp Witch and Echidna (in the anime, at least) not only becomes a fugitive, she also lose Irma by being reduced to a cripple at the hands of a brain-washed Risty]].
** Tomoe adds an extra layer on this, at least in the animated series: [[spoiler:The ''Sacrifice something valuable for you'' part also implies '''murder'''. (albeit this was Shizuka's plan from the beginning)]]
* ReplacementScrappy: Played a bit with Laila from ''Rebellion'': While she's not exactly unpopular, the fact she was originally planned as Nanael's partner and later ascended as a titular character, while Nanael was DemotedToExtra possibly due to AyaHirano's sex scandal caused her to become an almost flat character with very few motivations, other than following someone else's orders and having an almost-inexistent backstory (other than being half-angel half-human, and that fact is never exploted anywhere). Hobby Japan seems to be aware to this fact, and that's the reason why [[spoiler:Nanael returns]] in the ''Vanquished Queens'' [=OVAs=].
* RonTheDeathEater: A really bizarre canonical example of this happens in the animated adaptations of both ''Rebellion'' and ''Vanquished Queens'' and involves four of the ''villains'', while only three of them really deserve this:
** ''Captain Liliana'': She's the most ludicrous example of this: In the original canon, she is depicted as an AntiVillain, as she doesn't care about the Swamp Witch's plans too much and the worst thing she did in the Illustrated Stories is [[spoiler:attacking Gainos after the Rebellion Army defeated Claudette for good and trying to plank the heroines while they boarded her ship, just to be stopped by the real Ymir and Eilin by using a LoopholeAbuse and pulling a HeelFaceTurn afterwards, not to mention she's extremely polite and noble]]. In the animated adaptation, she's unrepentently evil, with no qualms in destroying defendless towns and [[spoiler:after the battle against Ymir, Mirim and Elina, she stole Vingt from Huit and company, and she's trying genuinely to kill them. Heck, in the ''Rebellion'' mini-[=OVAs=], she's portrayed as borderline ''pedophile'' towards Ymir and Mirim, albeit those episodes aren't canon in any continuity]].
** ''Dogura'': In the official canon, he was basically an extra with a name and his only role was being Branwen's master and torturing her at frequent basis in the only episode he appeared in the Illustrated Stories, basically at the end of them and he didn't did too much, other than being kicked in the ass [[spoiler:by the real Ymir]]. The animated adaptations expanded his role by making him more unsympathetic that he already was, and his evilness was turned UpToEleven in the ''Vanquished Queens'' by turning him in the BigBad of the first episode. Unlike Captain Liliana, this is [[TropesAreNotBad not a bad thing per se]], even if he inheridated all the canonical evil qualities of both Melona and Airi.
** ''Belphe and Dogor'': In the original canon, they were basically the [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]] of ''Rebellion'', as they didn't anything worthwhile other maybe trying to eat Aldra at first. In the animated adaptation of ''Rebellion'', not only they're more competent and dangerous than their Illustrated Stories counterparts, but they both ''rebel'' against Aldra and they went into a destructive rampage and they [[spoiler:almost killed both Annelotte and Izumi, being the first male characters able to fight back against a named female one on equal footing, and they were defeated by Maria (aka Leina) at the last second]].
* {{Tearjerker}} - Delicious and well served Elvish-beach-fanservice though OVA 2 may be, hats off to the directors for being able to hold off the Ecchi for three entire minutes to deliver a ''genuinely'' emotional and heartwarming farewell between Nowa and her teacher/adoptive-mother Alleyne.
** Episode 4 when [[spoiler: Claudette lets go of Leina's hand.]]
* [[spoiler: TooCoolToLive]]: Shizuka
* UnfortunateImplications: During the first episode of the TV series [[spoiler:and also in ''Rebellion's'' TV series]], Elina loves to insult Risty by calling her a ''gorilla'', possibly due of her size and the fact Risty hates monkeys. Taking into account Risty is dark-skinned and Elina is ''white''...
** This may be why the English dub changes it to Elina calling Risty a "dog" instead, which also plays into Elina's hatred/phobia of dogs and wolves.
** It also happens [[spoiler:at the end of ''Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos'' since [[SamuraiShodown Cham Cham]] tries to give Risty some bananas, much for her chagrin]].
** The ending of the ''Queen's Gate's'' light novels, ''full stop''. (see above)
* UnpopularPopularCharacter - While Nanael is widely considered by many characters to be an annoyance, the fans seem to think otherwise.
* TheUntwist: As the plot of ''Rebellion'' advance, many of the most "mysterious" stuff surrounding some of the main characters are pretty obvious to deduce by just looking closely:
** [[spoiler: ''Aldra and Annelotte being sisters'': Both having the same hair color, both being half-demons and both having their names beginning with the letter "A"]].
** [[spoiler:''The Swamp Witch being Aldra and Annelotte's real mother'': After reading Aldra's backstory, we know her mother was a demon and her father was an human, and Werbellia fits the description given by Aldra]].
** [[spoiler: ''The Rebellion's version of Ymir is NOT the real one'': Even if she was a greedy jerk in the prequel, she still has morals and she never fall too low, like raping Mirim in the Illustrated Stories, not to mention her personality doesn't match with her previous self. The twist is ''Melona'' was the one impersonating her and imprisoning the real one]].
** [[spoiler: ''Maria is Leina with a mask'': While the rest of the new characters are unable to find out her real identity, for the viewers it's pretty obvious who she really is]].
* ValuesDissonance: While not as notable as other series, there's a notable point of contention about some plot points in both the gamebooks and also the TV series regarding the Vances, especially Leina, at least for some Western viewers: Most of the drama and tragedy from ''Rebellion'' could be avoided if Leina should had a bit of common sense regarding her own family, since it's very clear she already knows [[spoiler:her sisters aren't exactly the nicest people around, especially Claudette, who she already knows all the crap her sister has to endure due to the fact she's an illegitimate daughter. This is for the same reason like [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]], albeit not as harsher as the Uchihas: Due to her filial piety towards her own family, even if Leina's own family is NOT perfect in any way and even her own mother even acknowledge that fact in a flashback scene in the second season. This is even more notable in ''Rebellion'' as Leina is never seen to [[NeverMyFault take the blame]] for the all the aforementionated events, even if her sister Elina almost got executed due to this]]. This is somewhat subverted for two reasons:
** [[spoiler: Even if Leina decided to not forfeit the title or someone else even won the tournament, the events of ''Rebellion'' could still happened in some way or another anyways]].
** [[spoiler: Leina NEVER reveals her real identity towards the Rebellion's Army, especially towards Annelotte, as the latter has a grudge against her sister Claudette for killing her human family and she still hides her face from the real world at the end of ''Rebellion'']].
* VillainDecay - when Airi gets a MoralityPet. [[spoiler: It turns lethal for her when she's unable to feed before facing Aldra because of Rana.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: GONG's official Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/show/gongqueensblade uploads of the show]] are only rated TV-PG, except for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIp_0ZarAcY the third episode]] which somehow managed to get rated '''''TV-Y'''''!
* TheWoobie - As a child, Nyx was abused and humiliated by Elina. In fact, her reason for entering Queen's Blade is partly to get revenge.
** Florelle was an orphan who grew up in the streets until Claudette saved him. Despite his tough childhood, he still puts on a cheerful smile.
** Tomoe has her friend slaughter in front of her, is forced to kill her friend who deosn't get revived and [[spoiler:she gets cursed and loses her eyesight.]]
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