* AbandonShipping: Singularly one of the funniest in any fandom. The ''very'' heated [[ShipToShipCombat Shipping War]] between the Kuro-Fai fandom and the Kuro-Tomoyo and Fai-Chi shippers came to an abrupt halt post Celes and Nihon Arcs when CLAMP themselves dealt the deathblow to the latter two fandoms, after which the shippers either stayed very very quiet, or jumped on board the Kuro-Fai ship as quickly as they could. Probably had something to do with realizing they'd be pairing Fai with a girl [[Theatre/OedipusRex based on his mother]], or pairing Kurogane with a girl younger than him. Not to mention that Tomoyo will always love [[spoiler:Sakura]], and the manga made a lot off effort to establish the connections and symbology between Fai and Kurogane, ''and'' Fai-Chi would ''never'' work, considering she [[Manga/{{Chobits}} already has a significant other]].
** In another hilarious AbandonShipping moment, a large portion of the [[spoiler: ''Syaoran/Sakura'']] fanbase has jumped ship as of the revelation that [[spoiler: Real!Syaoran is the son of ''his and Sakura's reincarnated clones'']]. For a while there was a share bit of confusion about which ship to abandon, but it seems to have settled down now that the manga has ended.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: During the second half of the Tokyo arc, when Sakura, having obtained the item needed to pay the price, encountered dead spirits (Manga) or [[Anime/CardCaptorSakura Sakura Kinomoto]] (Anime) that helped her return to where the other companions are. This scene is never elaborated upon and is never mentioned again.
** An anime exclusive segment in the fourth episode where Sakura suddenly wakes up and talks with the other Hanshin republic characters but not Syaoran or the others despite only having one feather where after some time, returns to sleep. So out of context that you can remove this episode and nothing will change.
** Another anime exclusive segment is where [[{{Clover}} Oruha]] plays a piano tune with Sakura singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF_eHe_kuR8 "You are my love"]] While the song is undeniably [[AwesomeMusic/TsubasaReservoirChronicle beautiful]] and [[TearJerker/TsubasaReservoirChronicle heartbreaking]], there is no explanation for how Sakura managed to sing these tunes and is not even mentioned during the last segment of the Oto country.
* TheChrisCarterEffect: CLAMP themselves have copped to the fact that they didn't really have a plan for how to end this, despite the narrative initially having suggestions it knew right where it was going. And just like the classic example, the manga and show eventually suffered from some serious "X-Files Syndrome" as plot meandered a bit and new "twists" were added to keep things going... which resulted in a good number of fans losing patience with ''Tsubasa'' and leaving the manga behind. The lack of interest is seen as part of the reason the resolution to the manga hasn't been animated.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Pretty much everything that happens in Tokyo. Its dark scenes include NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, KickTheDog and several Squicks. The entire arc is a ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam for all ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' fans.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Music by YukiKajiura.
** Then there are some beautiful themes by Creator/MaayaSakamoto as well as KinyaKotani.
* DieForOurShip: Illogically, Sakura and Tomoyo are occasionally subject to this vis-a-vis the [[HoYay Kuro/Fai]] 'ship. Despite Sakura clearly being into Syaoran and Tomoyo being into, well, Sakura. The inverted trope appears in fics that use Sakura as a means of furthering the Kuro/Fai shipping (often to restore the "happy family" dynamic).
** This was in large a retaliation from the Kuro/Fai fandom towards the Kuro/Tomoyo and Fai/Chi shippers who felt the need to flame anything the Kuro/Fai fandom posted, despite CLAMP's assertions that people are the same no matter what universe. Needless to say, this lead to ''insane amounts'' of ShipToShipCombat that only [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown intensified]] after the [[{{Bowdlerise}} dub]] came out and [[InternetBackdraft one]] [[Creator/VicMignogna voice actor]] who hadn't read the manga decided to comment on the [[NeverLiveItDown shipping wars]].
* DisappointingLastLevel: Each of Tsubasa's world has an [[JigsawPuzzlePlot understandable coherent plot]], good pacing as well as healthy doses of CharacterDevelopment for everyone. The CerebusSyndrome in Tokyo cemented that with multiple well done and foreshadowed plot twists. Then Clow Country showed up and CLAMP [[MindScrew continuously make their plot more and more complicated until fans are unable to even understand WTF is going on]] starting when Syaoran and Watanuki are revealed to be the same person. Not helping the fact is the pacing has suddenly slowed down with Kurogane and Fai not receiving as much screen time as Syaoran and Sakura. The EsotericHappyEnding and the continous flashbacks does not help the case.
* EndingAversion: Both the manga and anime, for different reasons. The manga, especially, mostly because of the [[MindScrew final arc.]] Then again the final volume is praised for ShowDontTell as it actually explores the MindScrew and makes it nonexistent in the end.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The vampire twins, Kamui and Subaru, and the sibling hunters, Seishirou and Fuuma. When the manga ended, a lot of fans were pissed that it didn't bother to show what had happened to the twins after they left Acid Tokyo.
* EsotericHappyEnding: Think about all the rules of dimension traveling the manga tells. [[spoiler:Time in different worlds flow differently meaning the R!Syaoran might return to Clow once R!Sakura is close to her death. Also, even if he returns Syaoran is forced to leave once again. Watanuki managed to overcome his curse but after a century since his magic powers increased and his life span increased. However, Syaoran's magical powers aren't that strong meaning he will die before he manages to overcome the curse. And let's not forget that dream that prevented Sakura from leaving with Syaoran. There might be another threat.]]
* FanonDiscontinuity: How many, ''many'' fans treat the anime adaptation due to its numerous problems (OffModel art, loads of {{filler}}, awful pacing, etc.) Even {{CLAMP}} themselves allegedly despise it.
** ''Tokyo Revelations'' and ''Tsubasa Shunraiki'' on the other hand are far less frowned upon because the art, pacing and animation are worlds better than the anime. Not to mention that it actually follows the manga up to 90% of the time and the other 10% can be forgiven.
* FoeYay: Looks like Fuma didn't have enough of this with Kamui in ''X/1999'' and this time he wants a more gentle approach.
** Then there is Ashura-o and Yasha-o even if [[spoiler:the latter was dead all along.]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: After you find out what [[spoiler:Fai's deal]] is most of the stuff that happens earlier becomes this.
** Early during publication of the series, the editor and readers were concerned about Syaoran getting stronger to smile more often. Then in volume 16, everybody was reminded to BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
** Ohkawa commented in the Clamp no Kiseki guides that the first half was carefully written so that the young readers would understand it as she believes her stories tend to be complicated. Come second half...
* GrowingTheBeard: The Acid Tokyo arc is considered the moment the series changed from a light-hearted adventure story to something darker and more dramatic, most tellingly [[spoiler:revealing that the Syaoran the group had been traveling with was a clone, having Fai lose one of his eyes and show cracks in StepfordSmiler act, introducing crossover characters from the much angstier ''{{X1999}}'' series, and making the role of the BigBad much more prominent and ominous]] This was also picked up by watchers of the anime, noting that the {{OVA}}s were a different tone altogether, possibly because of CLAMP dropping BeeTrain.
* HilariousInHindsight: In Tokyo [[IncrediblyLamePun Syaoran is an adventurer who takes an arrow to the knee]]. Sounds familiar?
* HoYay: Fai and Kurogane. Especially once the [[spoiler:blood drinking]] starts. Even if they're not a couple, they're contractually HeterosexualLifePartners at this point. They take up a lot of space on the official. A whole lot of expansion on these two on the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/HoYay/CLAMP CLAMP HoYay page]].
** Chapter 185 takes the innuendo to a new high, with Fai arranging for he and Kurogane to have their own room so he can take off his cloak and...yeah. It's blatant enough that even people who otherwise don't have Shipping Goggles generally agree that there's something going on with them.
** They are not the only source of HoYay in this series, you know. [[spoiler: The scene where Cloney bites Fay's cheek is also loved by fangirls, even the Kurogane x Fay ones.]]
** [[spoiler:Let's not forget the scenes in Acid Tokyo where Fay becomes a vampire. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Fay seems to have his head very near part of Kurogane...]] There is NO WAY CLAMP didn't know what that looked like.]]
** Also [[spoiler:Fuuma and Kamui]] in Acid Tokyo and, obviously, [[spoiler:Subaru and Seishirou]], despite the fact we never actually see them together in story, though [[http://mangafox.me/manga/tsubasa_reservoir_chronicle/c190/1.html this splash page]] shows the ill-fated pair together.
* How about [[spoiler: Kamui and Subaru? The pictures CLAMP drew of them are pretty {{Twincest}}-y. ''And'' pretty.]]
* LGBTFanbase: Kurogane. Most "sexy" fanart of him tends to be BaraGenre.
* MagnificentBastard: Fei-Wang Reed. He planned lots of things in the story.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:If Fei-Wang's curses on the original Sakura and Fai did not make him cross it, then the murder of Xing Huo and the destruction of time space sure can.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Both the original Syaoran and Fei Wang Reed are obsessed with reviving somebody and have committed a sin for this purpose. However, Syaoran's methods to achieve his goals are really harmless in contrast to Fei-Wang's.]]
* RonTheDeathEater: Ashura-Oh often gets this treatment in fanworks, despite the fact that WordOfGod ''and'' Kurogane [[spoiler:who was the one who killed Ashura-Oh]] both acknowledge that despite his faults, he truly did care for Fay. While he certainly did go off the deep end this seems to have been largely outside of his control.
* {{Squick}}: The manga and the OVAs have the sound effect of Syaoran [[spoiler:eating Fai's eye.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Despite being original characters, the motivations and relationships of Kyle Rondart and Xing Huo are never explored.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In the first characters' guidebooks the most expected fights were Syaoran vs Fai and Syaoran vs Kurogane [[spoiler:Although Clone Syaoran betrays the group he barely confronts them (he just stomps on them) and instead fights his original self. These fights would have been quite entertaining considering the growing relationship the trio had.]]
** What about [[spoiler:R!Syaoran dual-wielding the jian and Hien after his clone's destruction?]] It would have been the CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Other than [[spoiler:[[Manga/CardCaptorSakura Sakura]] giving the Star wand to an adult C!Sakura]] the relationship and connections of TRC with the CCS characters are never utilized despite fandom expectations
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: One ''hell'' of a MindScrew.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Shara Country's version of Ashura.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The movie and the ''Spring Thunder Chronicles'' OVAs are praised for this.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: The second half of the series.
* TheWoobie: ''Every main character'' at some point gets a Woobie moment, but [[spoiler:Fai's backstory]] takes the cake in Woobie points.
** It's also simply heartbreaking to see the situation Sakura goes through, especially if the reader were to have grown up watching ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': She spends half the story disappointed in herself that she's nothing but a DamselInDistress that burdens Syaoran and the others, [[spoiler:sees her love interest critically injure Fai and essentially be replaced with someone who claims to be the real one]], and by the time she actually becomes an ActionGirl, she's also clearly a ''very'' BrokenBird, not the cheerful and adorable Sakura that readers were most familiar with. [[spoiler:And that's not even edging into the CloningBlues thing...]]

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