YMMV: Bubblegum Crisis

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Priss (from the original series) really a pure of heart champion of the oppressed against the corrupt, or just a spazzy, Ax-Crazy pain in the ass so drunk on her own arrogance and anger that she just can't stop picking fights as a way to deal with her issues?
    • The 2040 version of Priss - was she really telling Leon the truth with her less than inspiring backstory, or was she lying to him because she still wasn't ready to open up to him?
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: The song "Akuma to Tenshi no Kiss" ("Devil and Angel's Kiss").
  • Base Breaker: Which incarnation of BGC is better - the original 1980s version or the 2040 reboot? Fans were quite passionate about this back in the day.
  • Cargo Ship: Priss arguably loves her bike more than most people. The official art even plays with this.
  • Complete Monster: Bryan J. Mason, the Big Bad of the first part of the series, is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who manipulates the Boomers by kidnapping a child boomer so he can gain access to the technology that allows him to pinpoint a Kill Sat in space; then he had one of his own Boomers go berserk to force her to panic and unleash the Kill Sat in a boomer populated area. When he's first shown on screen in episode 3, he heartlessly evicts the tenants of a poor neighborhood and has his demolition crews continue their job even though a woman is still trapped inside the building, only stopping then after she is dead to rub it in Priss's face. After his supposed death, he reappears as a Boomer named Largo who manipulates a group of Sexaroids, leading to most of their deaths, and tricks the final Sexaroid Anri into believing Priss had murdered her best friend Sylvie to make Anri stab Sylvia. Largo then uses his Kill Sat on multiple occupied cities to destroy the bases of his former masters without caring that the blasts consume city blocks. For all his rhetoric on "equality", he sneers that Sylvie was "just a sexaroid" before killing Anri in front of Priss and declaring his intent to become a god before being defeated when he tries to take everyone with him using his Kill Sat.
  • Contested Sequel: Bubblegum Crash.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The ending to 2040. Priss makes peace with Boomers, Galatea gains enlightenment and stops her onslaught against humans, Mackie regains his mind and he and Sylia get to be a real family for the first time in years.
  • Die for Our Ship: 2040!Leon. Yeah, there IS Les Yay between Linna and Priss, but bringing down Leon for that is NOT helping the cause.
  • Ear Worm: Funky Doll, the BGM that plays during the aerobics scene in episode 2 and during Nene's work montage in episode 8. Everything aerobics is, was, and will be distilled into three minutes of music.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Largo, and Madigan, who doubles as a Sexy Secretary. Galatea as well when she matures.
  • Fanon Dis Continuity: Bubblegum Crash!, Soldier Blue and Bubblegum Crisis: Grand Mal in the eyes of some fans.
    • It doesn't help that the main arc of Crash! contradicts the most popular arc in Crisis [the Red Eyes arc], and is also presented in a manner that is internally contradictory; Priss' experience with Sylvie and Anri and subsequent character development is completely ignored, an intelligent Boomer is suddenly a radical new thing [as opposed to Crisis where Boomers could easily pass for human, far more so than the 'advanced' one in Crash!], and yet it still uses the Largo character who was involved in all the events it ignores and is, um, an intelligent Boomer.
    • Some secondary source materials suggest Adama was unique for having a fully mechanical brain capable of advanced AI rather than one reliant on boomer biotechnology. No clue how this is really justifying the trope though.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Quincy's heartbeat in the 2040 series. You just know that a boomer is going rogue whenever it's heard.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Moe: OVA!Nene was a moe character 10 years before the word was invented. Interestingly, even though 2040!Nene was created only two years before moe was invented, she doesn't really qualify, being more of a Screwy Squirrel.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Largo. Most notably when he lies to Anri about Sylvie's death, and convinces her to stab Priss. He follows up after Priss' apology by laughing off both Sylvie's sacrifice and delivering a Motive Rant for the previous episode. And when Anri Takes the Bullet for Priss, all the would-be Boomer Messiah has to say is that "it's" Just a Machine. After all of this, He Must Die!
  • One Episode Wonder: Madigan is only seen during the "Red Eyes" episode. Her fate, however, is left unclear, as to whether she died or simply passed out from Largo's attack.
  • Narm: Just about every single female character across both versions has been called a bitch at one point or another. For a series which is meant to deal with the consequences of over-relying on imperfect technology, it's surprisingly catty.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The original OVAs invoke this by having Boomers that can look indistinguishable from humans. It's largely absent from Crash and 2040, where average Boomers look much more like robots (and the only exceptions are major characters).
  • Sequelitis
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: "The Man Who Bites His Tongue", the third episode of the A.D. Police OVA series, is a blatant ripoff of RoboCop (but both Darker and Edgier and Hotter and Sexier).
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The music from the first scene of the first OVA is based on the opening theme from Blade Runner.
    • The intros to "Victory" and "Akuma to Tenshi no Kiss" are derived from different parts of the intro to "Nowhere Fast", the opening theme from Streets of Fire.
    • The guitar riff in "Say Yes" from OVA 7 resembles U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name".
    • "Konya wa Hurricane" is very clearly an attempt to create a song in the style of Jim Steinman, particularly those from Streets of Fire.
  • The Woobie: The sexaroid girls from the fifth OVA, Sylvie, Anri, Meg, Lou, and Nam. The latter three provide a Heroic Sacrifice so Sylvie and Anri can get to Earth.
    • Boomers in general in the 2040. They're practically a slave race to humans, treated like shit, but they always address people respectfully. Sometimes, when a boomer goes berserk it's a perfectly nice one before, making whenever they're killed off a Mercy Kill.