* AbridgedSeries: In the form of Utena Internet Parody.
* AdaptationDisplacement:
** This wiki used to have this series listed as AnimeFirst because Chiho Saito was the last member to join [=Be-PaPas=] -- which may be true, but the manga was being published several months before the anime started airing, which is referenced by Saito-sensei in the early volumes. It's also worth noting that many tropes that are deconstructed in the anime series are played much straighter in the manga.
** Many people have only seen the (very wildly alternate universe) film version, partly because it's easier to find on torrent sites and partly because it was the only version released in places like the UK. (And, okay, it's known for its {{Fanservice}} as well.) It's also been shown at some LGBT film festivals, giving it exposure outside the anime fandom.
** The series was partly based on the novel ''Demian'' by Creator/HermannHesse, which most anime fans wouldn't know because it's never mentioned ANYWHERE EVER. Particularly, the egg speech is a direct reference - expect anything else which references the egg speech to be assumed to be referencing Utena.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** ''Every. Single. Character.'' To one degree or another, anyway. Given the [[MindScrew often ambiguous nature of the show]] and the complexity of many of the characters -- even minor ones -- this isn't surprising.
** Some fans view Akio as [[spoiler:just as much a victim of circumstances as Anthy]]. This could be an understandable interpretation given that [[spoiler:things might've been different if the angry villagers hadn't demanded so much of Dios in the first place]] but nevertheless, it does usually result in him getting the DracoInLeatherPants treatment.
** [[spoiler:Anthy]] can be seen as anything from [[TheWoobie the most pitiable character most deserving of love and acceptance]] to [[RonTheDeathEater the most terrible villain]] who [[KarmaHoudini didn't get NEARLY what was deserved]], or even [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds a bit of both]]. And it's been said that [[spoiler:Anthy]] in many ways is something of a mirror to the audience, and that how individuals see the character reflects their own viewpoint, which ''also'' happens in series. The fourth wall sure is flexible in ''Utena''.
** The different versions themselves have been claimed to be alternate interpretations of ''Utena'', with the manga as Chiho Saito's vision, the movie as Kunihiko Ikuhara's vision, and the TV series as a compromise between the two; there's also the manga adaptation of the movie, which is Saito's own spin on it, and the light novels, which were written by someone else entirely (specifically, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichiro_Okouchi Ichirou Ookouchi]]). Characterisation varies wildly between all these versions, to the point where the differences between portrayals of any given character can be quite jarring.
** On first viewing Touga comes across as a deeply manipulative, even petty figure with little to no redeeming qualities, whose behavior makes the audience feel sorry for ''Saionji'', the guy who literally slaps women around when he doesn't get his way. He's one of the only major student characters we never really see from "inside" his head, which can make him fall oddly flat. But taking in Word of God's claim that his fate in the movie [[spoiler: where he is sexually abused by his stepfather, not that he drowns]] was also supposed to carry into the TV series (and perhaps wasn't due to Touga's VA being absent for most of a whole arc, giving him less time for development) not only makes a lot of his behaviors make more sense - manipulative to the extreme, a hatred/distrust/outright refusal to believe in friendship, and over-sexuality (a common warning sign in children who have been sexually abused) makes a second watching deeply upsetting, particularly when he's around Akio. He seems to be under the impression he's in control, but we already know that Akio is playing him like a fiddle, and likely all the easier due to his prior abuse. And just try to listen to his line about a relationship between step-siblings being more "romantic" while remembering what his step-father did to him. Brrrr.
** And just to prove once again how flexible the fourth wall is in ''Utena'', the Akio that wants to keep Anthy in the academy's world in the movie [[spoiler:is Anthy's own AlternativeCharacterInterpretation (of sorts) of the real guy that died ages ago. Something similar seems to be the case with Touga; compare his scenes with Utena to his scenes with Shiori, for example]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ''Many'' of the dueling themes, plus a good chunk of the movie soundtrack.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Anthy, Anthy, ''Anthy''... see AlternativeCharacterInterpretation above for just some of the details. There's '''''no''''' middle ground on a character as complex as she is, specially on [[spoiler: her relationship with Akio]] and [[spoiler: her stabbing Utena at the end]]. Is she the ultimate example of TheWoobie who [[spoiler: is broken beyond belief after a millenia of pain and abuse]] and therefore is not responsible for anything either good or bad that she does, or an evil {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch who played everyone as fools as either [[spoiler: her revenge for said millennia of pain and abuse]], or as her way to [[spoiler: grasp power for herself after having been powerless for so long, and torture everyone (Akio included)]]? Either way, don't ask: the mere mention of Anthy can send the whole fandom into hategasms or lovegasms.
** Depending on what part of the fandom you're looking at, Touga can be anything from an over-princified DracoInLeatherPants (particularly on older fansites) to a much-loathed [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] (particularly on Tumblr, though the DILP crowd shows up on there as well). Balanced opinions on him are ''very'' rare.
** Akio, Akio, ''Akio''. A flawless MagnificentBastard who controls everyone and everything via [[spoiler: Anthy]] so he can re-shape the world to his liking? An absolute monster who toys with everyone solely for his own gratification and power? A TragicHero who got way too broken in the past and reacted to the trauma by becoming a massive ass even to the persons he should protect? A pathetic manchild who has no intention of changing or taking responsibility and just wants to feel powerful by lording over a bunch of insecure teenagers? [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Can it even be ALL of the above?]]
** Ruka, Ruka, Ruka. He's another particularly divisive character whose actions even today, years after the series has ended, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment are debated]].
* BrokenBase:
** When there are no fewer than '''five''' different ''Utena'' canons (the TV series, the manga by Creator/ChihoSaito, the ''Adolescence Mokushiroku'' movie, the manga based on TheMovie that's ''also'' by Saitou, and the [[NoExportForYou virtually unknown]] LightNovels) some breakage is inevitable. Try bringing up any kind of comparison between these media; fans that support one version will be trying to murder the fans who prefer the others within seconds.
** [[WordOfGod Youji Enokido's comments on Touga]] (namely, that his backstory in the movie was intended to apply to his series self as well) have been fairly controversial, which isn't helped by the fact that the character was a major BaseBreakingCharacter to begin with. There is a certain amount of debate over whether to accept his words as canon fact or declare DeathOfTheAuthor.
*** Also in the movie, Utena beating Juri cleanly had some fans upset that it takes away her special status as the only person Utena was never able to beat on her own.
** The English dub is one of the most controversial ever, especially the news that the directors had no idea Juri was a lesbian until Crispin Freeman pointed it out to them.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The ''Creator/MontyPython''-esque "Nanami Cow" segment in TheMovie.
** A lot of the shadow plays in the series.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Akio Ohtori]] is the epitome of heartless, callous selfishness. Once the heroic Dios, Akio grew [[FallenHero disillusioned]] with being the hero and allowed his sister Anthy to be tortured for what amounts to centuries. As one of the prime figures at Ohtori Academy in the present, Akio [[TheCasanova seduces]] many high ranking figures (including his fiancées [[IBangedYourMom mother]]) in order to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate them]], and runs the Rose Duels that essentially pimp his sister Anthy to the victors, abusive or otherwise. Akio gains a cold enjoyment out of [[MindRape mentally ripping apart]] those near him, including his fiancée, who it's possible he's physically poisoning to get her out of the way. He views Anthy as nothing more than a means to ultimate power and when at one point she's hesitant to [[BrotherSisterIncest continue their weekly tryst]] one night, he angrily rapes her anyways. Akio seduces Utena and takes her virginity, manipulating her feelings for him to send her into a final confrontation to be sacrificed for his "revolution," where [[AGodAmI he will rise above the world]]. Akio views people around him as nothing more than [[TheChessmaster pawns or toys]], to be mentally or physically used and discarded as his plans or his whims demand.
* CrackPairing: Miki/Juri has some vocal fan support. As far as crack pairings go, this is a fairly reasonable one; the characters interact on a regular basis, move in the same social/extracurricular circles, and get along the best out of all the Student Council members. What makes it ''crack'' is Juri's canonical lesbianism (at least in the series; she teases him in the movie and is straight in the manga).
* CryForTheDevil: Akio is as much of a victim as anyone else in the series despite being the BigBad. Though it's debatable whether Akio or Dios was the victim.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Akio and Touga are givens here, since they're assholes but also ''very'' handsome and stylish.
** Yes, Saionji has his pitiable moments (mainly due to Touga's REALLY sucky treatment of him) but he's still a massive JerkAss and DomesticAbuser who slapped Anthy around while acting possessive of her, decked Miki as well at one point, [[spoiler: and threw Wakaba under the bus to return to the Council and Ohtori]].
** Mikage is a very tragic character, to be sure, but the fact remains that he's a ManipulativeBastard who [[spoiler:effectively brainwashes four teenage girls (Keiko, Wakaba, Kozue and Shiori), a young woman who's barely out of teenage-hood herself (Kanae) ''and'' a prepubescent boy (Mitsuru) - all of whom were troubled kids to begin with - into becoming would-be murderers]]; plus, fans love to erase most of his wrongdoings, such as the fact that [[spoiler:the hair-clip incident that broke Wakaba so hard was just as much ''his'' fault as it was Saionji's, as he was the one who made the fateful offer to Saionji in the first place]].
** Ruka Tsuchiya. Apparently, some fans believe that [[spoiler: using different kinds of sexual manipulation on two really screwed-up young girls]] is a valid way to [[spoiler: help one of these girls.]] No, [[spoiler: sexual assault]] should never be used like that for any reason.
** To an extent, Juri Arisugawa. Fans are more than happy to make her out to be a helpless victim of Shiori, ignoring how she hurts Shiori by expecting her to read her mind, not really trying to understand her feelings, and holding an over-idealized image of her. Miki, another character who has an over idealized view of someone and lashes out when they don't fit that view, gets a lot more flack for it than Juri does. Not to mention she slapped Anthy to the ground after Utena left the room and attacked Utena by aggressively trying to take her Rose Seal after acting friendly towards her. None of this stops fans from calling Juri "innocent" and attacking anyone who points out her flaws.
* EarWorm: The opening song "Rinbu Revolution," along with many BGM tracks (''especially'' "Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku").
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Juri is one of the most popular characters by far.
* EvilIsSexy: Akio.
* FanWank: There's a small group of people who think ''every single thing [[spoiler:that Anthy]] does in the series'' is manipulative and for ulterior motives. [[spoiler:Yes, even getting (re-)stabbed with a million swords in the last episode. Yes, even when Anthy disappears behind the coffin and reaches out for Utena's hand. All this is supposed to be an act to make Utena feel sorry for her so Anthy can have a prince to manipulate forever so the Rose Bride can finally leave Ohtori.]] [[spoiler:While Anthy]] is very manipulative and much of her actions in the series are malicious, the above interpretation contains several logic bombs: 1.) If [[spoiler: Anthy]] wants a prince to save her from Ohtori, she could've [[spoiler:refused to betray Utena in the penultimate episode, because Utena was ''already doing everything in her power to help Anthy get out of Ohtori''. Anthy's actions make no sense unless you interpret Anthy as being hesitant about leaving.]] 2.) As the series points out, it's not [[spoiler:a lack of a prince or any inherent magic which prevents the Rose Bride from leaving Ohtori; ''it's the Rose Bride's own personal choice to stay.'' Utena's feelings for Anthy, or Anthy's lack of a prince, have nothing to do with magically binding her to the duels.]]
** The ridiculous speculation that [[spoiler:young Anthy rapes young Dios in flashblack, just because the two of them take shelter in a barn (as per the English double-entendre "rolling in the hay"). Supporters of this particular [[EpilepticTrees Tree]] insist that Anthy was waiting for the "perfect moment" to "taint" her brother and "claim him for herself", forgetting that this is the same Anthy who took thousands of stab wounds to keep him, and neglecting to explain at all why anyone (much less a small girl) would stop to rape their older brother when being chased by a sword-wielding mob.]]
* FauxSymbolism: Various weird visual cues, the most common being rotating stylized roses, which don't appear to have any particular meaning. Ikuhara doesn't help either -- he gives vague, non sequitur comments like saying the Shadow Girls are aliens (which ''would'' explain the repeated flying saucer imagery in their performances...). On the other hand, the pointing fingers in episode 22 seem to stand for ShipTease.
* GrowingTheBeard: The first arc is fairly generic and lighthearted (barring episode 9) and despite common mentions of End of the World, it hardly feels like a massive shadow is looming in the background. In the Black Rose arc, however, things get a lot more [[DarkerAndEdgier sinister]] and [[MindScrew weird]].
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Anthy's discomfort around crowds of people is so much more affecting [[spoiler: when we learn what the angry mob did to her.]]
** Utena zigzagging across pretty much every trope related to femininity is somewhat disturbing to watch nowadays, as [[Creator/TomokoKawakami her voice actress]] died of ovarian cancer. Made worse when [[spoiler:Anthy stabs her just above her right ovary]].
** In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Maya had [[IgnoredEnamoredUnderling crush]] on her superior Ritsuko, [[spoiler:who was tragically involved with ''her'' superior, Gendou]]. In RGU, her [[Creator/KotonoMitsuishi colleague]] [[spoiler:{{invert|edTrope}}s this dynamic―she has a crush on ''her'' inferior, who is tragically involved with ''her'' superior]].
* HilariousInHindsight: The scene in the movie where Anthy convinces Utena to let her sketch her in the nude actually came out the same year as ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', which had the same infamous scene ("Draw me like one of your French girls").
** Apparently Akio's car is a corvette. Now what color is his corvette?
** Touga's actor Takehito Koyasu also voiced Prince Hans in the Japanese dub of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. Guess brutal deconstructions of KnightInShiningArmor princes are kind of his thing.
** The preview of episode 17 features Juri's romantic attraction to Shiori sailing right over Utena's head. The English dub team would make the exact same mistake.
** In episode 31 Akio tells Nanami that Ohtori campus rule 34 forbids students from sleeping in the quarters of other students, but she's welcome to stay at his place. {{Rule34}} you say...
* HoYay: [[HoYay/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Has its own page for it]] -- which isn't surprising, given that ''Utena'' is an EveryoneIsBi series.
* InternetBackdraft: MULTIPLE.
** Say that you do NOT necessarily think ''Utena'' is the most important, groundbreaking, perfect, complex and '''''unique''''' {{shoujo|Demographic}} series ever. Prepare to be slain by the ''Utena'' fandom.
** Liking the movie better than the series will get you clobbered, and ''may God help you'' if you happen to prefer the first manga over the series; in fact, having a positive opinion of Chiho Saito at all can get you slapped by those who think she's nothing more than a homophobic hack.
** We also dare you to ever insinuate you don't ship Utena/Anthy romantically. The Utena/Anthy rabid fans will tear you alive and accuse you of being a homophobe, regardless of your stance on LGBT rights in RealLife. On the other hand, referring to ''Utena'' as a yuri series can be controversial in itself, depending on which corner of the fandom you're looking at.
** Speaking of LGBT matters, discussing the characters' sexual orientations (and, on occasion, gender identities as well) can be a messy affair. Is Utena straight, bisexual or lesbian? Is Touga straight or bi? Could Shiori ever reciprocate Juri's feelings for her? [[note]]This isn't helped by director notes by Ikuhara that suggest Shiori DOES have closeted feelings for Juri (but that her view of affection is rather unhealthy- for an understatement), while Enokido's notes for the movie (which he intended to be canon to the series for specific characters) state that she'd never return Juri's feelings[[/note]] The list goes on, and blood is going to fly wherever you stand.
** Want to commit the ultimate capital offence in the fandom? Just say you're not a fan of [[EnsembleDarkhorse Juri Arisugawa]]. Even pointing out that she has flaws can get you into trouble -- to say nothing of what happens when a [[TheScrappy Shiori]] supporter takes such a stance.
** Criticizing Ikuhara may possibly be an even greater crime in the fandom than criticizing Juri.
** And if you say you like ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' better than ''Utena'', you shall be marked for a painful death. It's also probably best not to ever ''mention'' ''Anime/YuriKumaArashi'', which was a huge BaseBreaker for Ikuhara's fans in general.
* IronWoobie: Utena. She gets hit with a lot of manipulation and betrayal over the course of the series, but still manages to rise up again every time.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Mikage cruelly used the Black Rose Duelists -- listening to their problems before manipulating their feelings to recruit them, and having a more direct hand in some of their breakdowns -- but his past was really heartbreaking.
** Nanami qualifies ''big time'' by episodes 31 and 32. She's such a terrible, obsessive, yet ultimately ''pitiful'' little bitch.
** Shiori, whose crushing inferiority complex drives her to lash out at Juri because not only does she think no one could possibly genuinely like her, but she [[DontYouDarePityMe hates being treated with pity]], which she believes is the only reason Juri was friends with her in the first place. ''Then'' she's humiliated by Ruka, the first person to make her feel, for once, good about herself.
** ''Everyone'' can fit here to one degree or another, and those characters who are already TheWoobie (or IronWoobie, in the case of Utena herself), although some of them place ''heavy'' emphasis on the "jerkass" part. 90% of the cast is violently off their rocker. [[LoveHurts Good luck]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast holding it]] [[UnwittingPawn against them.]].
** Even Akio. [[UsedToBeaSweetKid At least in his past.]] Thousands of years ago, he was worked to exhaustion protecting all of the young women of the world, receiving as a reward, not thanks, but instead more demands. In the end, this completely broke him and turned him into the total asshole he is today. What we see are the actions of a [[FallenHero powerful immortal being who has lost his faith in humanity due to how he was treated by them]].
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Name one major character who is not. (Example: Touga. There's Touga/Utena, Touga/Saionji, Touga/Nanami, Touga/Akio, Touga/Miki, Touga/Juri... Touga/Anthy is a bit of a stretch, but it still exists.)
* MagnificentBastard: Akio, also a ManipulativeBastard. Touga aspires to be like him. Ruka tries to be one for his own reasons. And Saionji tries as well...[[SmugSnake and fails miserably at it.]]
* MemeticMolester:
** Kids, if Akio Ohtori offers you a ride in his [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything very phallic shaped car]], SAY NO.
** If you see Touga Kiryuu shirtless, ladies, GET AWAY. You too, Miki.
** And if Souji Mikage says you should "go deeper"? [[MindRape REFUSE.]] In fact, his body language and facial expressions towards characters like Miki and Tsuwabuki make him come off as a pedophile to some viewers -- which isn't helped by his relationship with Mamiya, who appears to be about fourteen years old ''at most''.
** Kyouichi Saionji counts too with [[BastardBoyfriend his]] [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty behavior]] [[DomesticAbuser towards Anthy]], his [[SanitySlippage mental instability]] and his {{Nightmare Face}}s. Ironically, he's one of the less sexual characters in the series; however, the same can't be said for movie!Saionji, who qualifies for this trope ten times over.
* MisaimedFandom:
** Those who think Anthy is nothing but a DamselInDistress forget [[spoiler:her convoluted machinations and deep resentment of humans in general]]. Those who think Anthy is nothing but a WickedWitch forget that [[spoiler:fear and anger is likely going to be the typical reaction of a person stabbed by a million swords and faced with eternal torture on top of several kinds of abuse]]. Both of these viewpoints are also represented in-universe as well by different characters, indicating that [=Be-PaPas=] knew full well how people were probably going to react to her.
** The fandom seems to think that being a prince is "the bestest thing ever" and being a princess is "liek totally ewww". But ''who'' incarnates the concept of a prince even better than Utena? [[spoiler: Prince Dios... alias '''Akio Ohtori'''.]] This means that being a Prince doesn't automatically make anyone better!
** Related to the above point: many fans who idealize the "princes" in the series miss the point that '''the entire concept of "prince" is just as heavily deconstructed and as the entire concept of "princess"''', with '''''both''''' being shown as incredibly problematic in several ways, and that ''even the way Utena herself plays the prince role is very flawed'' because [[spoiler: she was doing it [[ItsAllAboutMe to bolster her own ego]], without any real consideration for ''her "damsel" Anthy's'' feelings.]] Even more meaningfully, [[spoiler: she eventually [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone comes to realize her mistake]] and makes up for it via ''actually'' helping Anthy and giving her back her hope, instead of just whiteknighting for her]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Saionji's [[spoiler: physical abuse of the Rose Bride]]. Akio's [[spoiler: rape of his sister]]. Nanami's childhood [[spoiler: murder of her brother's cat]]. Being as this is the world of Utena, [[DysfunctionJunction the list goes on and on]].
* {{Narm}}: [[Narm/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Has its own page]].
* NarmCharm: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLQY9r1VPcM opening]] for the ''Utena'' Sega Saturn game. Some may want BrainBleach for it, though.
** The English dub can be wooden as hell at times, but it adds to the show's general surrealism and just ''works''.
** A lot of things on that aforementioned Narm page are loved particularly due to how weird they are, as it goes along with the more serious surrealism just as well. Especially [[spoiler:Utena turning into a car]] in the movie.
* OlderThanTheyThink: ''Utena'' makes heavy use of tropes and visual elements from classic shoujo series such as ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', most of which were not familiar to American audiences before the popularity of this series.
* RonTheDeathEater: Shiori Takatsuki gets this a lot. While even her fans would agree that she is a ''heavily'' flawed person, her haters often make her out to be a CompleteMonster, some even calling her worse than ''Akio''. The fanbase, especially Juri and Ruka fans, often ignore that Shiori isn't just a monster who torments Juri ForTheEvulz, and that Juri contributes just as much to their broken relationship as she does. In fact, Shiori actually tries to make amends when she returns, only for ''Juri'' to refuse to listen out of bitterness. She also gets called a monster for what she did as a Black Rose Duelist (ignoring that she was no different than Kozue and Wakaba) and some even say she ''deserved'' being humiliated by Ruka.
* TakeThatScrappy:
** Shiori in the movie has even fewer redeeming qualities than in the series, being even more manipulative, petty and spiteful--with much less reason. ([[spoiler: Her boyfriend died when saving Juri, but it's not as if Juri could control that.]]) It's very satisfying near the end when [[spoiler:Anthy causes Shiori-Car to crash and explode while she's in the middle of EvilGloating]].
** For Nanami detractors, she gets only a brief scene in the movie as a cow. Where she's still the ButtMonkey.
* TheScrappy:
** Shiori is easily one of the most hated characters in the fandom, mostly due to the way she lashes out at fan-favorite Juri. Ironically, she's one of Ikuhara's personal favorites, with him having stated that he tends to "like girls who are mean but has [sic.] sexual tones".
** Touga. The people who hate him really, ''really'' hate him.
** Nanami is also rather unpopular in her own right, being frequently written off as annoying comic relief as well as hated for [[spoiler:drowning her brother's kitten out of jealousy as a child]] (despite the fact that she showed clear remorse for it). On the other hand, episodes 31 and 32 tend to get her RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap as many viewers end up [[JerkassWoobie pitying her too much]] to hate her anymore.
** The [[BrokenBase hatred directed towards Ruka]] easily makes him this as well. Given some of his actions, though, it's not entirely unwarranted.
** Manga!Juri has absolutely no fans thanks to being shallow and immature compared to her beloved series counterpart, to say nothing of the AdaptationalSexuality issues that surround her.
* [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct She Really Can Act]]: Creator/RachaelLillis is known to most fans for voicing [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Misty and Jessie]]. Fun and memorable characters? [[FieryRedhead Oh]] [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain yes.]] Nuanced? [[FlatCharacter Not really.]] Likewise, Utena's {{Plucky|Girl}} ActionGirl character didn't offer much dramatic potential, and maintains a light and upbeat voice... until one of the {{Wham Episode}}s and ''especially'' the GrandFinale where she '''knocks it out of the park'''. [[TearJerker Sniffle...]]
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** Strictly defined gender roles are crap. Those who believe they can do something should not let societal norms stop you. Also, you don't have to be imprisoned by your family; if they bring you down and you can't help them, well, better save yourself.
** Abuse isn't always apparent or easy to identify. Also you often can't rescue someone from an abusive relationship- they have to do it themselves.
** Don't hate on women, and double if you're a woman yourself. Because a woman who hates other women '''''will never be able to love herself'''''.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** Akio's "makeover" for the movie was not well received, to say the least. There's some FridgeBrilliance in his more pathetic portrayal, but try telling that to the rabid Akio fans...
** Movie!Anthy's redesign has also gotten some flack, including accusations of whitewashing due to the changes in her hair and skintone (though she's still clearly not white or Japanese; her slightly paler skin is an unfortunate side effect of the altered color palette, and her straight hair contrasts with movie!Utena's wavy hair as an indication of their subtle role reversal).
** Though the issues surrounding her skin might lie more on the fact that a clearly darker skinned character--in the series--being lightened quite a few shades more to fit a type of palette insinuates the fact that dark skin couldn't fit the color scheme of the movie and for many, finding dark skinned women characters shown in a positive light in media is already difficult is as, making the flack pretty understandable.
** The movie itself gets this, too. While there are plenty of legitimate criticisms, a lot of reasons for ''Utena'' fans hating it can be summed up as "it's not a carbon copy of the series".
* UglyCute: Chuchu. [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys A monkey]] with BigOlEyebrows, {{Blush Sticker}}s, can only [[PokemonSpeak say "chu"]], comes randomly doing PluckyComicRelief and it's the AuthorAvatar.
* UnkemptBeauty: Nanami during the last few minutes of episode 10. [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma55l7dS1N1rqs5ulo1_1280.jpg She looks pretty good with her bangs down.]]
* ValuesDissonance:
** Anthy hits this hard in America, where a dark-skinned person being treated as property by light-skinned people brings up some uncomfortable cultural memories that Japan doesn't have (and where dark skin color typically indicates that someone is Indian, for whom these aren't stereotypes, especially not in Japan).
*** That first point arguably ends up working in the series' favor, as the uneasiness many Western viewers feel as a result of Anthy's skin color and status as property/DamselInDistress goes hand in hand with the feeling that something is ''just not right'' about Anthy and Utena's situation, particularly Anthy's extreme passivity and Utena's savior complex towards her. So the ValuesDissonance, while likely unintentional, ends up reinforcing the series' themes.
** Chigusa's backstory involving her rage at Masaomi choosing the girly Koto over her, and her subsequent hatred of passive, feminine girls, from the video game makes more sense when one considers how strict Japanese gender roles are (especially since her story took place in the past, when they were even stricter). Her dominant personality and masculine interests are seen as "undesirable" and something to pressure girls out of in Japan, and her height, which of course she can't help, would be seen as ''extremely'' intimidating. Chigusa was not just lashing out that a guy chose another girl over her, but lashing out because it seemed everything about her being undesirable was confirmed.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Yes, Miki is a guy, regardless of his [[CrossDressingVoices incredibly feminine]] [[Creator/AyaHisakawa voice]].
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The movie in general is gorgeous, but this trope is why everyone remembers the dancing scene (besides the yuri).
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Both the series and the film, but ''especially'' the film.
* TheWoobie:
** Oh, ''Anthy''.
** Oh, '''''Kanae'''''.
** Oh, Wakaba in episode 20.
** Oh, ''everyone''.
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