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YMMV: El-Hazard: The Magnificent World
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is OAV!Fatora naturally a complete Spoiled Brat, or were her already bad traits enhanced after whatever she went through as a Distressed Damsel? It could sorta explain the following...
    • Both Alielle's statement that Fatora "hadn't changed" complete with Rune seeming to think nothing about her behavior seems to work against this interpretation.
  • Angst? What Angst? Fatora after being freed from the Phantom Tribe, also, nobody is too worried about family back on Earth thinking they're dead.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: After all the build up and dramatic tension, Kalia pwns Ifurita in three simple moves and casually tosses her aside.
  • Base Breaker: Fatora is both loved and hated due of her bitchy attitude. Some fans find it funny and other fans find it annoying.
  • Crazy Awesome: Katsuhiko Jinnai.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Though drastically different from her OVA counterpart, TV Ifurita was apparently popular enough to be included in a radio drama taking place in OVA continuity (an alternative sequel to the second OVA), under the name of "Ifurina".
  • Evil Is Sexy: Queen Diva and Lord Galus.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Makoto's status as a Chick Magnet and the accompanying harem antics. In the original OVA, they were a sidebar that provided fanservice and didn't hurt anything, but by The Alternative World, Ifurita was temporarily out of the game, the writers had completely run out of ideas, and their attempt to turn the show into a Tenchi-standard romantic comedy was probably the biggest reason that Alternative crashed so hard.
  • Ho Yay: Galus and Nahato, which is an disturbing example since Nahoto physically looks and sounds like a child.
    • Les Yay: The lesbianism in El Hazard is pretty straightforward, between Alielle and Fatora's relationship, and their repeat attempts to seduce Shayla and the others. While it's intended purposes are comedy and fanservice, it's no surpise that some viewers fail to see the humor.
      • The most notable instance occurs in the final episode of The Alternative World, during the trip to Arlamannote , where they felt up Shayla, Nanami, and Afura while disguised as bath attendants. Alielle, in particular, had Afura on all fours and appeared to be humping her.
      • In the first episode of El Hazard 2, Fatora makes a pass at Nanami while disguised as Makoto, but Nanami saw through it, thanks to Fatora giving herself away (twicenote ), and threatened to report her to Rune Venus if she ever tried it again.
      • The following episode has her fool Shayla, by once again pretending to be Makotonote , in order to make out with her, thereby stealing her first kiss. The truth dawns on her when the real Makoto shows up. Shayla was justifiably pissed.
  • Love to Hate: Jinnai. Make no mistake, he's a smug bastard but, if ever there was proof that tropes aren't bad, it's him. You'll be too busy laughing at the things he says and does, and applauding when he out gambits Makoto, all while waiting for him to get his just desserts. It's no wonder he's such a popular villain.
  • Moe: Rune Venus in the TV series.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Kalia is really creepy.
  • The Scrappy: Qawool is considered annoying by many fans, due to her habit of repeatedly ruining Shayla's and Nanami's attempts to get closer to Makoto. For others, she's a johnny-come-lately love interest, when Makoto already had Ifurita.
  • Superlative Dubbing Considered the definite version by the production studios.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Nahato didn't appears in the sequels despite the fact that he could make a good Big Bad.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The Yuri couple of the series, Fatora and Alielle, carry on an open relationship and both have Depraved Homosexual tendencies towards several straight women, who completely abhor their advances. Neither take no for an answer though and aggressively pursue the other women whether they want it or not.
    • Miz getting a marriage proposal out of Fujisawa under the influence of alcohol, throwing a humongous fit when he leaves her at the altar to "find himself" (which could have easily killed several innocent people) and the cast making him apologize for running away when they catch up with him. Nobody ever calls out Miz on this, and this would be a lot worse if the genders were switched.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Jinnai and the Bugrom.
    • YMMV. Some may think they are too funny to be unintentionally sympathetic.
  • Villain Sue: For some, Kalia was this, as solidified by the Anti-Climax Boss entry above.
  • What an Idiot: In the TV Series, Nanami managed to become friends with the Bugrom and even with Queen Diva. So they will stop being evil, right? Well, that would be happening if Nanami didn't crush in front them a baby Bugrom, thinking this was just a normal insect (But don't worry, it recovered quickly.) Thus, the Bugrom locked her up and stayed evil, and that was exactly as Jinnai planned!
    • A lot in El Hazard 2: The Magnificent World. There are so many moments, you'd swear the cast was playing professional volleyball with the Idiot Ball. A few examples: Fatora's inability to control her libido costing the gang their money and their airship, believing Katsuhiko's obvious lies despite Nanami's warnings (keep in mind that Nanami is his sister, and would know him better than everyone else), Makoto still trying to negotiate with the Obviously Evil Kalia despite her trying to kill him mere seconds ago, the Muldoon Priestesses combining their attacks into one projectile against a character who reflects projectiles, and so on.
      • Ifurita even averts this. When she realizes that her projectiles have no effect on Kalia, she takes a third option and physically beats the crap out of her instead.
  • The Woobie: Both OVA and TV Ifurita.
    • Jerkass Woobie: TV Jinnai, where we go a little more in depth to what makes him tick. During his childhood, everyone prefered his neighbor Makoto and his sister Nanami and he was often alone. Granted, his Jerk Ass nature still means he brings it on himself, but in some ways this makes his situation somewhat more understandable.

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