* AssPull:
** [[spoiler: The revelation that God and the Tower of Babel are real comes right out of nowhere]].
** [[spoiler:Ryoko translates the ancient Sumerian word 'Kadingir' in episode 10, saying it has come to mean a 'tower so high that it reaches the heavens'. The Tower of Babylon was a tower that was supposed to reach Heaven. So there was foreshadowing.]]
* BaseBreaker: Some people like Hibiki and think that she's a great heroine, while others find her annoying and contrived.
** Similarly, people either like Tsubasa for being a {{Badass}} {{Kuudere}} swordswoman or the hate her for her {{Jerkass}} tendencies in season one.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The TrainingMontage in episode 9 of G. It's comes after the revealed that [[spoiler: Miku is alive]] and doesn't seem to serve a real purpose compare to season one's montage to make Hibiki a better fighter.
** It serves to have Genjuro and Hibiki sing the theme from ''Police Story''.
* ClicheStorm
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: It's Creator/NanaMizuki and Creator/MinamiTakayama, what did you expect?
** What better way to start the series with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsYwh15bch0 duet concert?]] [[note]][[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Gyakk%C5%8D_no_Fury%C5%ABgeru "Gyakkou no Flugel"]], by both NanaMizuki and MinamiTakayama as part of their InUniverse duet, Zwei Wing[[/note]]
** Creator/AoiYuuki doesn't stray far behind them, and neither does Creator/AyahiTakagaki.
** '''''LISTEN TO MY SONG'''''. [[note]]The OP, [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Synchrogazer "Synchrogazer"]], by NanaMizuki[[/note]][[spoiler:It comes back in time for the first season's finale as Hibiki activates her SuperpoweredEvilSide one last time against [[BigBad Finé]].]]
** "Meteor Light" [[note]][[http://soundcloud.com/girlsgomaniac/01-meteor-light link]] [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Meteor_Light and info]][[/note]], the ED theme of Season 1, sung by Chris Yukine's [[Creator/AyahiTakagaki voice actress]].
** "Zettou - Ame no Habakiri" [[note]][[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Zett%C5%8D_-_Ame_no_Habakiri literally "Absolute Sword]] - [[https://soundcloud.com/user4666204/01-zettou-ameno-habakiri Ame no Habakiri"]][[/note]], [[Creator/NanaMizuki Tsubasa]]'s ImageSong, and you really hate the moments when someone interrupts her singing. It shows up again in season 2, where Tsubasa [[spoiler:executes ''both'' a BigDamnHeroes and BroughtDownToBadass.]]
*** The second season gives her another ImageSong, "Gekkou no Ken" [[note]][[https://soundcloud.com/bryan-thang/gekkou-no-ken literally]] [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Gekkou_no_Ken "Moon Splendor Sword"]][[/note]].
** ''Both'' of Hibiki's ThemeMusicPowerUp songs, "Gakisou Gungnir" [[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RzqS2jrYtU literally]] [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Gakis%C5%8D_Gangun%C4%ABru "Offensive Spear Gungnir"]][[/note]] and "Beyond the Resonance of this Sound called "Me"" [[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onLKh8h2qrU]][[/note]], aren't anything to sneeze at either
** The second season kickstarts with ''yet another'' awesome duet, "Fushichou no Flamme" [[note]][[https://soundcloud.com/hideyoshi-satoh/fushichou-no-flamme literally]] [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Fusichou_no_Flamme Flame of Phoenix]][[/note]], by NanaMizuki and YokoHikasa.
** Maria's "Retsuyari [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7yRo2MHnMk Gungnir]]]]".
--> [[JusticeWillPrevail For justice I shall pierce evil!]]
--> [[BadassCreed In honor I swear this!]]
** [[Creator/AyahiTakagaki Chris Yukine]] gets an upgrade in season 2 with the aptly named "Bye-Bye Lullaby" [[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZnK-MUSyt4 link]] [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Bye-Bye_Lullaby and info]][[/note]], which literally goes hand-in-hand with her MoreDakka theme.
** At first glance, both [[Creator/AiKayano Kirika]]'s "Gokuren - Igalima" [[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gIqqq_MgdQ literally]] [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Gokuren_-_Igalima Hellscythe - Igalima]][[/note]] and [[Creator/YoshinoNanjo Shirabe]]'s "Oukyo - Shul-Shagana" [[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCSIZ7J5RMo literally]] [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Oukyo_-_Shul_Shagana Saw of Ashes - Shul-Shagana]][[/note]], while decent songs by themselves, don't really come off as anything special. [[spoiler: Come Episode 11 and 12]], both turn out to be halves of a same, epicly rocking song, '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn12PSd83go Edge Works of Goddess ZABABA.]]'''
** [[Creator/YukaIguchi Miku Kohinata]] gets to shine in the second season with "Waikyou- Shenshou Jing" [[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAEKKpkws5s literally]][[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Waikyou-_Shenshou_Jing Distorted Mirror - Shenshou Jing]][[/note]]. It doesn't get more awesome than that, as it's a [[LesYay love song to Hibiki]], and she sings it [[spoiler:''[[SoundtrackDissonance while decimating an aircraft carrier!]]'']]
** We might as well christen this series as "CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[UpToEleven The Anime]]"
* CompleteMonster: The original Finé from the first season is this, but Dr. Ver from the second season manages to be even worse than her. In Episode 5, especially, he doesn't care who sets the Noise upon using Solomon's Cane, whether it be armed soldiers or even innocent bystanders, like children. [[spoiler: Then there's the sadistic pleasure he takes in seeing Hibiki's arm bit off by the nephilim.]] By episode 6, it's hinted that [[ItsAllAboutMe he only thinks of how to save his own butt and 'become a hero' by having Nephilim devour everyone]]. And [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Maria, Kirika and Shirabe are clearly disturbed that they're on the same side]], and generally just kept him around because he's the only one who can stabilize the IncurableCoughOfDeath of their mother, and he ''gleefully'' took advantage of that.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Chris is this. Her popularity on forums and blogs was disproportionate to her appearances in the first half of the first season. It must be her BadassAdorable and {{Moe}} tendencies. Plus, those [[MoreDakka large guns]].
** Miku is considerably popular due to her sweet personality. [[spoiler:She [[TookALevelInBadass gets more than that]] in Season 2.]]
** Yumi, one of Miku's friends, is popular due to her BreakingTheFourthWall habits and for being a [[MetaGuy Meta Girl]].
** Genjuuro and Ogawa also have their fans due to being consistently BadassNormal. It helps that [[LargeHam Genjuuro]] has a BadassBaritone while [[TheReliableOne Ogawa]] is a ninja and a BadassInANiceSuit.
* EvenBetterSequel:
** The majority of the fans who watched the first season found the sequel to be superior after a few episodes had aired, due to the increased action, an antagonist group that has been around since the beginning and most of them are developed AntiVillain... and compounding them is the [[CompleteMonster utterly depraved]] Dr. Ver as the BigBad. Though this is in large part because of blatant stealing of plot elements from the well established MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha franchise. Just about every major event and major character has a direct mirror (Frontier = Cradle, Dr. Ver = Dr. Scaglietti, etc.)
** In fact, it's seen as so much better the Blu ray sales for the first volume were more than double of that of the blu-ray sales of the first season.
* FoeYay: Maria and Tsubasa in Season 2. Not only is Maria's Symphogear identical to Kanade's, their duet in the first episode is awfully suggestive, with furtive glances and both performers [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything stroking their long, phallic microphones]]. Once Maria is revealed as a villain, she and Tsubasa directly oppose one another, with their fights being some of the most intense.
* FridgeBrilliance:
** If the Noise are behind most monsters in legends, maybe people accidentally fused with relics gave birth to werewolf tales?
** Gungnir is [[NorseMythology Odin's]] spear and he is associated with [[TheBerserker berserker]], making it a great name for Hibiki's relic. Along the same line, Ichaival is Odin's bow, fitting well with Chris' trigger-happy and destructive tendencies.
* FridgeLogic: For some reason the trio ''forgets'' to use Durandal to take out the Moon, relying instead in a choral Ultimate Song. It was destroyed in the process of [[spoiler: defeating Finé.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Some fans wondered what Miku would look like if she has a Symphogear of her own, [[SelfFanservice so some fanworks of her in a green Symphogear outfit have surfaced]]. [[spoiler:Come Episode 9 of Season 2....]]
* LesYay:
** Within the first episode, we're shown two girls engaging in emotionally ~intimate conversation while physically sharing the top bunk of a bunk bed. By the second episode, it is implied that such is a regular occurrence for the two, [[BuryYourGays even if it's not meant to last.]] [[spoiler:Scratch that. They reunite and get to see the shooting stars in the end.]]
** Miku seems to be very fond of Hibiki, blushing around her, being unhappy when they can't be together, being reduced to a solemn, morose wreck after her death... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnnPqCT-RKs Hibiki, for her part, all but confessed her love for Miku in the second episode. While they were sharing a bed.]]
** The first scene we get of Tsubasa shows her blushing while Kanade tells her that she (Kanade) needs her. Following Kanade's death, Tsubasa has been obsessed with Kanade.
** Episode 3 has Ryouko biting Hibiki's ear and pretty much (read: explicitly) saying that she wants to take Hibiki's virginity.
** Astute readers will note that this accounts for [[UpToEleven every named female character]] but Chris. She has her moment with Miku in episode eight.
** Miku checking out a book titled "Be Honest with Yourself". It's not that hard to figure what it's about.
** Hibiki's constant glomping on a blushing Chris.
** In the 2nd season opening, a naked Tsubasa and Chris hold hands.
** Shirabe and Kirika bring this in the second season. Kirika is quick to comfort Shirabe when she's depressed or angry, and they even have a ShowerOfLove scene in the third episode. In the fourth, Kirika even holds Shirabe ''in her arms''.
*** And in the 12th episode of G, [[spoiler: when they're fighting against each other]], they have this gem of a conversation:
-->'''Shirabe''': In that case, [[spoiler: I will try even harder to stop you]]. I can't allow my dear Kiri-chan to be tainted any further.
-->'''Kirika''': Don't call me dear! I love you even more! That's why I'm fighting to protect the world that holds the people I love!
-->'''Shirabe''': Kiri-chan...
-->'''Kirika''': Shirabe...
-->'''Kirika and Shirabe''': (to each other) I'm telling you that I love you!
** As of the 6th episode of season 2, the MetaGuy, Yumi directly compares Hibiki to the lead of a harem anime in terms of how dense she is at realizing Miku was worried she was feeling down and had gathered their friends for an okonomiyaki party. Cue Miku looking both pleased and embarrassed.
** In the second season's 7th episode, Miku has basically been acknowledged by the 2nd division as Hibiki's wife. They don't confide to Hibiki's mom or grandma of Hibiki's condition, they confide to ''her''. Genjuro even states that she must protect Hibiki.
** In the second season Miku is brainwashed by her love for Hibiki by Ver. Her Relic Song is even clearly a love song about protecting Hibiki. [[http://senkizesshousymphogear.wikia.com/wiki/Waikyou-_Shenshou_Jing This isn't just subtext anymore; this is just pure text.]]
--> I won't ever let you go./ I won't let you go far away./ I love you this much/ look how much I love you
** And, in episode 12, there's the entire SempaiKouhai moment between Tsubasa and Chris, with the former being more open than typical while the latter acts in her [[{{Tsundere}} usual way]].
** In the second OVA, there are two shorts involving Miku. The first one is of her being worried that Hibiki is cheating on her with Chris. The second is of Miku blushing profusely when she remembers a discussion she had with Hibiki, Tsubasa, and Chris from the first OVA regarding where the lyrics the Symphogear users sing comes from. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPlbBhODWF4: The shorts are from 0:08-0:56 and 10:49-11:37, respectively.]]
* MemeticMutation:
** Not from the series itself, but "[[{{Memes/Nasuverse}} being lancer is suffering]]" certainly applies here. Kanade, Hibiki, and [[spoiler:Maria]], meets Cu Chulainn, Diarmuid, and Kyoko.
** Can't forget the Fine/fine puns. It's become so wide spread and intense that some people automatically read fine as Fine so long as the subject is Symphogear.
** [[MoreDakka MEGA DETH PARTY!]]
** And, to a lesser extent, [[http://upic.me/i/up/symphogear-peopledieiftheyarekilled.jpg Hibiki's line from episode 10.]]
* MemeticSexGod: Hibiki. How bad is it? She's capable of making straight girls ''go lesbian for her instead''. [[VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle Those straight girls?]] [[LightNovel/InfiniteStratos the Infinite Stratos girls]] and [[LightNovel/HidanNoAria Aria]].
* {{Moe}}: Hibiki and Miku definitely qualify, and Chris has her moments. And, come season 2, Kirika and Shirabe are both on the Moe bandwagon.
* MoralEventHorizon: So how do you think Ver can top Fine in terms of being utterly despicable? Well, a good starter sign of skirting the line would be when he fetches Noises on passing by kids just because they were looking at him fetching Noises to US soldiers with a smile on his face. If that wasn't enough, then forcefully injecting PsychoSerum to Kirika and Shirabe and tells them to use the Swan Song (which would mean death for them) while acting like an EntitledBastard despite their pains and dangers of getting injected with them would be him crossing the line. [[spoiler:Kidnapping and brainwashing Miku into giving her a Symphogear form? Now ''that's'' leaping faaaar away and deeper from the horizon, accompanied with the biggest "WOO-HOO!" you can ever imagine. He's still waving and taking another leap when he sends Nastassja off to the moon, killing her, because she's trying to avert the damage he's caused, this is also the final push for Maria to finally have enough with bearing with him and deciding to kill him.]]
* {{Narm}}: The show's detractors are prone to noting this.
** NarmCharm: But, they're not too far off. And the Narm is a large part of what makes the show work.
*** For both tropes, special mention goes to [[spoiler:Finé/Ryoko]]'s Engrish.
*** And Ver's manic facial expressions.
* NightmareFuel: The series has quite a handful of this.
* TheScrappy: Ryoko got a lot of hate during the first season, largely for being a PsychoLesbian. YMMV if [[spoiler:her being Fine did anything to win her some fans.]]
** And for season two, Maria has become one of these. She had a lot of fans during her debut episodes, but a mix of BadassDecay and {{Wangst}} seems to have gained her dislike. Again, YMMV if [[spoiler:her actions in the season finale have her RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: During transformation sequences, a random splice of words flow in the background. In most cases, they're faux German, except for maybe a few. During Kanade's transformation, for example, the word "ziggurat" flows for a short moment before the cut. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggurat Strange how The Other Wiki notes that]] none of the shrines on them were saved.
* WhatTheHellCastingAgency: All of the Japanese voice actresses for the Valkyries are ''not'' widely known for the genre they portray in the anime. (Creator/AoiYuuki doing a {{Badass}} {{Leitmotif}}? Creator/AyahiTakagaki opting for HARD ROCK?). To be fair, NanaMizuki does have yet another DarkMagicalGirl character. Also TropesAreNotBad.