YMMV: Fruits Basket

  • Ass Pull: Yuki seeing Tohru as a mother figure strikes a lot of fans as this.
  • Broken Base: Was Akito's Freudian Excuse enough to justify her behavior, or was she too Easily Forgiven?
  • Canon Sue: Tohru, depending on who's watching/reading and his/her source (and sometimes, their pairing preference). More likely in the anime, since it didn't show her manga-mostly dark side composed of serious abandonment issues. Then again, at that point, she wasn't the only one...
    • She goes into Stepford Smiler territory pretty damn fast once the manga gets past the point where the anime stopped (or diverted from the manga). After that she pretty much becomes a deconstruction of a Canon Sue, and all her painful backstory and insecurities come into light, and the horribly self-destructive psychological scars get dug up and shoved down her throat. Break the Cutie oh so much. The anime on the other hand... well see below in the Fixer Sue entry.
  • Die for Our Ship: Oh, Tohru, Kyo and Rin too...
  • Fixer Sue: By and large, Tohru plays super-psychiatrist through The Power of Love, making her perhaps this more than a Purity Sue... but since the audience generally really, really wants these things fixed, most are charitable enough to give her a pass on it. After all, for all the tragic past in the story, it really does land far on the idealistic side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism.
    • Subverted ironically by the fact that Tohru's Fixer Sue nature is actually one of her major character flaws, stemming from her personality as an Extreme Doormat, which itself is probably derived by the utter disdain with which she is treated by the rest of her family (except her slightly senile grandfather) after her mother's death. As a result, Tohru's desperate need to make other people happy reaches almost pathological levels to the point that she will neglect her own health and well being for the happiness of others; a fact that becomes more poignant with her revelation as a Stepford Smiler later on in the manga.
    • Also, most of her Fixer Sue act is in the beginning, and mostly she helps them with kind words and support, their personal growth are actually much their own doing. Look at Haru and Isuzu, who overcame their problems after Akito jailed the lady in the mansion, and Hatsuharu found her in the street. Yuki was another one, Tohru gave him the impulse, but it was mostly his doing that helped him develop and even finding friends amongst the school council, to a point that Kakeru seems to be far more prominent in his development than Honda. Same thing with Hatori, his growth was tied to Mayu, the class teacher after she cried in front of him and they got close. Personally, what made Tohru so important it was her willingness to listen and talk, mostly with kind words, somenthing that a lot of people need, and in this case, specially the Sohmas since their curse makes them so insular.
  • It Was His Sled: Considering how well-known the series is, especially with shoujo fans, most people enter it with the knowledge that Akito is a woman.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Shigure. In the manga he spent a very very long time manipulating and screwing people around trying to ensure that at the end of it all, he ended up with Akito. And he really wasn't nice about it. At ALL.
  • Moe: In the anime at least, Tohru. In spades.
    • Kisa hasn't been mentioned here? For shame!
    • Tsundere/Yandere or not, Kagura is pretty cute herself.
      • Well, Tsundere and Yandere are actually Moe archetypes, so Kagura is arguably doubly Moe.
    • Hiro as well, at least in terms of looks.
  • Purity Sue: Arguably, Tohru. But considering how the story is, maybe it's a Justified Trope.
    • For the first quarter of the manga and anime certainly, but after Cerebus Syndrome kicks in and she goes through the Trauma Conga Line, you'd be really hard pressed to argue for anything other than Woobiedom.
  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Some fans' reaction to Tohru.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Some fans find Tohru to be this, though usually more in the anime.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Come on, who wasn't disappointed to learn that the one born in the Year of the Dragon transformed into a seahorse instead?
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Akito. While her childhood was understandably horrible, it's hard to feel sorry for her when she spent most of the series acting like a violent sociopath. She put Kisa and Rin in the hospital, Mind Raped Yuki, half-blinded Hatori and ruined his relationship with his girlfriend, planned on locking Kyo away once he turned into an adult, and tried to kill him and Tohru during a Villainous Breakdown.
  • The Woobie: Everyone. Let's count the ways:
    • For straight examples, you have Tohru, Momiji, Kisa...
    • Jerkass Woobie: Kyo is abrasive and rather inconsiderate, but considering how he was brought up, can you blame him for how he turned out?
      • Akito, of all people, turned to be the big placeholder for this.
    • Stoic Woobie: Hatori.