YMMV / Hana Yori Dango

  • Base-Breaking Character: You either love Tsukasa or think he's one of the worst love interests in shoujo manga history.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Tsukushi was originally supposed to end up with Rui but Tsukasa/Tsukushi became so popular with fans it became the Official Couple.
    • Which is ironic because after the manga finished, Rui/Tsukushi became the Fan-Preferred Couple for some who thought Tsukasa became an incredible jerkass at times who kept upsetting Tsukushi while Rui gradually became a much more friendly and warm young man who was always there for Tsukushi.
  • Arc Fatigue: It's obvious that Tsukushi will end up with Tsukasa in the end but she remains indecisive, hating him or thinking about Rui instead.
  • Ending Fatigue: It drags on and on for a total of 244 chapters when it could have ended much sooner. The mangaka was running out of ideas with the many random events thrown in to keep the romance interesting. Tsukushi and Tsukasa spend countless chapters wanting to sleep together but they never go through with it. Not even in the bonus story.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In-universe, in the live-action. In the first season, Rui incites an F4 brawl by pretending to have feelings for Makino to test Tsukasa's own feelings for her. When it's over, he warns Tsukasa that if he ever hurts Makino, Rui "won't hold back," implying he'll beat him up again. Everyone laughs it off. Come second season, when Rui unrepentantly admits he kissed her, he reminds Tsukasa of those words. Rui really was in love with Makino back then, and by not holding back, he meant that if Tsukasa screwed up Rui would pursue her for himself.
  • Les Yay: Shigeru and Sakurako near the end (much to Sakurako's chagrin). This is because Shigeru's Cloud Cuckoolander nature really doesn't seem to let her know that saying "I'm in love with you!" after this crowning moment of awesome for Sakurako or dragging her to the dance floor as Those Two Girls might give those implications.
    • Makino also occasionally gets awestruck by particularly beautiful girls, even going so far as to decide to attend Eitoku due to being so impressed by Shizuka.
  • Narm: In the J-Drama, "But rape is bad, Tsukasa!"
    • More like lampshading. He was clearly kidding.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Was a pretty influential work in the Shoujo genre, so it's possible for someone to read the original manga and marvel at how Trope Overdosed it is without understanding that it pioneered the use of many of Shojo tropes.
  • Values Dissonance: Tsukasa was considered extremely attractive for his Bastard Boyfriend personality. Nowadays, it is common to see people note how unhealthy and abusive his behavior is. He constantly slaps Tsukushi around, attempts to rape Tsukushi four times over the course of the series and breaks the neck of one of Tsukushi's friends out of jealousy. Notably, all the drama adaptations cut out a huge amount of his jerkass behavior and tone down his insensitivity.
  • Villain Decay: Happens to every former villain as Kaede gains prominence as Tsukushi's main obstacle. In the J-Drama Sakurako in particular is a victim to The Worf Effect, when Kaede completely brushes her off during the Teen of Japan Competition.
  • The Woobie: Poor Rui. He was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome ever since he was young and had great trouble socializing and making friends. The girl who helped bring him out of his shell and first love, Shizuka ends up marrying someone else. His second love, Tsukushi whom he loved more than Shizuka and would stand by with and comfort in times of need ends up with his best friend and jerkass, Tsukasa. After these two rejections, he ends up all alone like he used to be but the manga hints that he may find someone special one day.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Tsukasa is a neurotic scumweasel, but he gets dragged through the dirt, beaten into a pulp, and abused and abandoned enough throughout the series that it's hard not to feel bad for him.