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YMMV: Hatoful Boyfriend
  • Accidental Innuendo: One particular item in BBL is referred to as a Bright and Massive Thing. Among others, this leads to the line, "You're up, Massive Thing!"
    • It's actually referred to as the Massive Key, designed to open any lock. (Personal theory: it's a crowbar.) Ryouta's the only one to call it a "Massive Thing."
    • Also what Ryouta says after being knocked out.
    Ryouta: "Aargh! Darn it! Why did I let myself get taken from behind like that!?"
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Come for the batshit premise, stay for the shockingly compelling plot and well-written characters.....or how carefully the batshit premise turns out to be crafted.
  • Crazy Awesome: Higure Anghel. You wished for the mad love of a fallen angel? You got it!
    • Really, the entire game. Moa took a completely bizarre premise and turned it into something amazing.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Moa has an exceptional ability for choosing tracks for her games that are either emotionally moving or simply fun to listen to.
    • Anghel's battle theme. One may not even want to finish the battle just to listen to the epic music!
    • The heartwrenching music that plays at the end of Nageki's route may make the player burst into tears.
    • Everything is better with "The Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy". Even Doctor Shuu.
    • BBL has a track at a pivotal moment, Death Tone which is appropriately both sad and inspirational.
      • Holiday Star also has a track that is inspirational, heartwrenching, and plays at a pivotal moment.
    • These two ethereal songs from Holiday Star really make the players feel as if they're immersed in an oneiric fantasy world.
    • That hilariously boss music that plays in the first Holiday Star Chapter and during one of the radio Q and A sessions, when Yuuya's being cool.
  • Cry for the Devil: Doctor Shuu appears to rocket-jump over the Moral Event Horizon in the Bad Boys Love route. Then he reveals that he's doing all of this because of his unrequited love for Ryouta's father and sincere desire to fulfill his dying wish. It doesn't excuse the horrific things he's done up to that point, but it does make one feel at least a twinge of pity for him.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A lot of fan-art is based on Doctor Shuu despite the fact that his romance path is, let us say, not the happiest.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Doctor Shuu. Not quite a Draco in Leather Pants, since a lot of his fans adore him while still acknowledging that he is a bit on the murderous side. Just a tiny bit, yeah.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Katawa Shoujo, to an extent.
  • Fan Nickname: "Fat Bird" or "Murderbeaks" for Doctor Shuu.
    • "Narcolepsy-sensei" or "Sleepybeaks" for Kazuaki.
    • "Simple Bird" for Okosan.
    • "Ousama" for The King. "Ousama" is what he calls himself in Japanese, and it does mean the same thing.
    • Anyone who regularly plays this game, especially with friends, develops nickname. Examples: "Sadbird" for Nageki, "Saddest Bird" for The King, "Fab Bird" for Nishikikouji, "Secret Bird" for Anghel, and "Unapologetically Racist Bird" for Sakuya.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: When the game first came out many fans were disappointed that there wasn't the option to romance Azami. In the HD remake, it's possible, though since she only appears away from the school and in the summer it's a shorter, simpler route than any of the others.
  • Genius Bonus: Many of these may be apparent to players with hobbies related to birds, such as keeping pet birds or studying ornithology. See the Hatoful Boyfriend Fridge Brilliance section for a more complete and detailed list of these.
    • Upon introducing Shuu, Hiyoko mentions that even just talking to him can bring you down with horrible diseases such as Aspergillus or Psittacosis. Both of these diseases have certain strains that can affect both birds and humans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Practically everything involving Fake!Kazuaki/Hitori.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Nageki kills himself in an attempt to destroy the Charon virus, so that he can't be used as a weapon against humanity.
  • Ho Yay: Mainly in the Bad Boys Love route, although it's limited to Doctor Shuu's unrequited feelings for Ryouta's father in a flashback, and possibly Kazuaki's feelings over his late foster-brother Nageki.
    • Yuuya's flirtatious nature is by no means limited to girls. He even says, "I'm always straight in love. Well, almost always." When he overhears Ryouta and Sakuya discussing him, he says, "I guess I'm topic of choice among the boys now as well as the girls. Not that I mind."
      • Sakuya is his brother.
    • The manga also alludes to this when, after Ryouta tells how Yuuya's locker is usually overflowing with gifted beans on Legumentine's, Sakuya mentions that St. Pigeonation's is (excluding the player's character) an all-boys academy.
    • In Holiday Star, Hitori and the original Kazuaki seem to have been very close, albeit in a horrendously dysfunctional way, with Hitori ultimately taking advantage of Kazuaki's trust to kill him and steal his identity. In the alternate universe shown in the sidestories, both of them are alive and working together at St. Pigeonation's, and Kazuaki is still very attached to and dependent on Hitori, who seems rather less enthused about the whole affair.
    • Les Yay: Hiyoko's admiration of Azami borders on full-blown swooning in a couple of scenes with her even thinking, "She's so cool! I think I'm in love...!" after Azami saves her from a gang of punkgeons. Sadly, there's no actual route for her and her side story consists of Hiyoko setting her back up with her former boyfriend.
  • It Was His Sled: The manga tells you right from the start that Nageki is a ghost, which was only revealed at the very end of his route in the game.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Doctor Shuu.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's become a minor Running Gag for some that this is "The Medic's favorite game", because he keeps a flock of doves in his infirmary.
    • People love to joke that Nikola Tesla invented this game or that it would be his favourite because... well... this happened.
    • Also, Doctor Shuu seems to have quite a following. Just read the comments. Also, Iwamine-sensei runs Pakistan.
    • For a while, due to a translation error accidentally saying Dr. Shuu had hands, there was a minor meme in which Shuu would be drawn or Photoshopped as a bird with human arms and hands sticking out of his body.
    • In Holiday Star The King is original Kazuaki's witch form after he fell into despair, and Holiday Star is his witch's barrier.
    • Still a better dove story than Twilight.
  • MST3K Mantra: This is how Ryouta explains the congruency between BBL's and Holiday Star's timelines during Holiday Star's Radio Session. "Just don't think about it too hard and you'll be fine! In the end, it's because unlike books or movies, visual novels have all kinds of branches and possibilities."
  • Narm Charm: The premise is ridiculous, the script is riddled with typos and the occasional formatting error, the graphics are a somewhat jarring mix of bird photos, 3D backgrounds and the occasional hand-drawn or photoshopped image... and somehow, it all still works.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Hatoful Boyfriend series contains enough Nightmare Fuel to warrant its own page.
    • The scarecrow-like monster in the Bad Boys Love route. You will jump when you first see it. So much more nightmarish when you learn its origins.
    • There's little of BBL that doesn't fall under this trope, and most of what does falls under a much more depressing category. The humorous bits that would be perfectly at-home in the normal routes actually come off as being completely out of place at this point.
    • The Game Over screen when you get killed at your home. It looks like something out of Yume Nikki.
    • The King in Holiday Star. Big time.
      • The 4th chapter. If you make all the right choices, it's horrifying enough. Make a wrong one at any point? Forget about sleeping that night, and good luck at ever taking the phrase "Happily Ever After" pleasantly ever again. It even makes a freaking picture book terrifying.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Do you find Sakuya and Yuuya insufferable? You'll most likely change your tune big time after you've played through the Bad Boys Love route. Yuuya takes it yet further in Holiday Star.
  • Surprise Creepy: Again, a game about dating pigeons has its own Nightmare Fuel page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The English download site for the full game gives it a G-rating. If you've played this game in its entirety, you'll know just how deeply and hilariously wrong this rating is.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Well, it did start out as an April Fool's joke... that being said, Oko San and Anghel's routes (and the characters themselves) are exceedingly bizarre even for this game.
    • Actually, subverted in that, despite the things appearing completely and utterly crazy in the beginning, all this has an explanation.
  • The Woobie: Almost every main character is turned into this in the Bad Boys Love route, with healthy doses of The Reveal, Break the Cutie, and Tear Jerker.
    • In Holiday Star The King becomes this once we learn of his tragic back story. His back story may especially hit close to home for players who have ever suffered from social isolation, clinical depression, and/or suicidal thoughts.
  • What an Idiot: While it seems each of the route's characters are well written and have great characterization, Hiyako herself makes some questionable choices. For example:
    • In Shuu's route, near the end where she discovers he is a murderer killing the students, Shuu enters the room with clear intent of killing her. He locks he door, fair enough that she can't get out normally. Other than that, she doesn't have any physical restraints on her. So why can't she take him on? Sure, he has a cleaver but he is a BIRD. There really should be a high probability of her taking him out, especially as a hunter gatherer. Immobilized by love? then what about:
    • In Kazuaki's route, near end where she stumbles upon Shuu who seems to her suspect of prying into his matter and asks her a favour. At this point, she is aware of his notoriety and a lot of LetsPlayers tell her to run. However, you are not given the option and are forced to fall for his obvious trap. Luckily, Kazuaki saves you out of it.

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