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YMMV: Candy Candy
  • Adaptation Displacement: ... Wait, Candy Candy was originally a novel?
  • Die for Our Ship: Susanna Marlowe is clingy, but she still doesn't deserve half the utter shit that fandom throws at her. Specially considering that she saved Terry's life and lost her leg and her acting career for it and that she actually told Terry to go after Candy a while after this. It was Terry who chose to stay by Susanna's side, and yet no one remembers it while blaming and slutshaming Susanna. And that when Terry was pressured into marrying Susanna, this came from Susanna's mother and not from Susanna herself.
  • Ear Worm: That blasted Mitsuko Horie theme song!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Italian fans hated the Bittersweet Ending so much that they forced the Italian editors to make them a sort-of Gecko Ending where Candy and Terry got together again
    • And the French broadcasters just didn't want Anthony to die. The french dub made him "fell from his horse and lost the use of his legs". And disappeared. How rude, Candy. Two of the episodes were edited later to fix the problem, but elements of the fake story remained in some other episodes.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Be good, end up happy... but without a love interest" Unless you count Albert as a possible Second Love in the future.
    • Arguably, it can also be seen like this: "As long as you work hard and love what you do, you can give yourself a break and not need a romantic relationship to define your stance on life".
    • Not really. There are several instances of the manga that hinted towards Albert/Candy's romantic relationship. Considering that Candy fell in love with Anthony because she thought he was the Prince of the Hill she met and with Terry because of his resemblance to Anthony and thus to the Prince, at least in the beginning in a Loving a Shadow situation. All the time she has been looking for him and he is really Albert. It seems to me the series is giving full circle with ambiguity: the Prince was her innocent childhood love, Anthony her first love, Terry her teenage passion while Albert is her future, a mature kind of love that will be always be with her, so the manga ends with her realization he's the Prince and reunion. But go tell that to the Terry/Candy shippers who completely ignore it and keep harping on how Terry and Candy are So Destined Together.
  • French and Latin-Americans LOVE Candy Candy: VERY popular in Latin America, and in France where it was the very first shojo ever seen.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Considering that Candy Candy is a shoujo manga from The Seventies, it had pretty revolutionary 'messages': "Be honest to yourself", "Don't throw away your own beliefs", "Work hard to earn what you get in life", "Don't give up on your purposes", "Romance is important, yes, but not the end and be all to a woman's life". The fandom, however, ignores almost all of them only to focus on the romantic part of the plot, and specially on loudly complaining because Candy and Terry didn't end up together. Even older fans in their 30's and 40's, who should know better, fall into this trap.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Neil's Scarpia Ultimatum to Candy; and just as we were led to think there might be some hope for him. And specially considering that after said ultimatum, he insists that he loves Candy more than anything. Uhm, Neil, things don't work that way.
    • Eliza has several moments of dog kicking, but her worst actions are framing Candy and Terry to get Candy expelled from St. Paul School and scheming with her mother Ruth to get Candy's reputation smeared because she took the amnesiac Albert into her household.
  • Squick: A friend of Candy's is pushed by his father to get married at 17. And since the father had married a ten years younger woman, he thinks that's the ideal age difference for his son, too...
    • Values Dissonance: People of good social standing, and specially women, used to get married much younger than 17.
    • I didn't mean it for the boy. Getting married at seven must have been outdated by then... Even Candy said it's strange, the little girl felt uncomfortable, and the father ended up admitting it's not right.
  • Values Resonance: A shoujo manga from The Seventies that isn't necessarily centered ONLY on romance and tells young girls that they can be whatever they want to be in life, as long as they work hard for it? HELL YES!
  • What an Idiot: Candy is rather naive, yet rarely displays active stupidity. However, she and Terry display this trope when they sneak outside the dorms to meet up with each other on the grounds of having supposedly received letters from one another, without actually checking on any sources AND despite clearly knowing the school's incredibly strict rules completely reeks of this trope.
  • World Of Woobie:
    • Iron Woobie: Candy, Archie.
    • Jerk Ass Woobie: Terry. His issues are pretty severe and understandable, but he brings a lot of misery on himself. And sometimes he makes Candy suffer a lot, too.
    • Stoic Woobie: Albert, and Frannie after learning her backstory.
    • The Woobie: Annie, Patty, Anthony, Susanna if you're charitable to her.

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