- Accidental Innuendo: Done by Yuuka in episode 9, after Usui eliminates Himegami from the water polo match by stealing her headband:
Yuuka: (doing commentary) "...and just like that, Himegami is out. Kengo took her from behind like a thief in the night."
- Alas, Poor Villain: Gouken bordered on being more of a Punch Clock Villain and was eventually revealed to be one of Takeru Yamato's clones, when he possessed him. None of which mattered to Takeru, who beat Gouken to death, after Himegami sacrificed herself to save him. In the end, Gouken was as much a victim as she was.
- Awesome Art: Takeda Hiromitsu's character designs and backgrounds are reason enough to pick up the manga. But from chapter 23 onwards, the art improves considerably.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At the start of chapter 16, Ms. Aki gets Kai to the nurse's office to treat his injuries but, for whatever reason, decided to change into nylons with gater belts and a thong first, then mounts him in the 69 position. Kai is understandably confused and asks why she's doing it that way, but she ignores the inquiry and proceeds. It's the only time she's ever used such a risqué method and no explanation is given for it.
- Canon Sue: Takeru, in spades. Despite being utterly average, book dumb, and a lecher, it hasn't stopped several of the hottest girls at the academy from falling for him. He has direct ties to almost every plot relevant character - either by blood relationnote or because they're closely associated with his familynote . His ability to draw Element effectively makes him as strong as he needs to be to face most enemies, and his Maken has an as yet undisclosed ability that makes him the key to defeating Takeru Yamato, permanently.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Aki is popular with the fans for two BIG reasons.
- Fetish Fuel Station Attendant: Himegami is both a meta and an in-unverse example, due to the sheer number of fanservice tropes that apply to hernote .
- God-Mode Sue: Love Espada is seemingly invincible and has defeated everyone who's tried to face her with minimal effort. Tesshin only lasted seconds, even though he's said to be strong enough to fight S rank Maken users, she shattered Kai's Partition just as easily, casually pwn'd Takeru when he tried to fight her, and was later told by Otohime that even if he used his ability to draw Element, that Espada's power would still be two times greater. The worst of it being, that Takaki admitted even she, Minori, and Haruko, combined hadn't been able to stop her.
- Hollywood Homely: By all outward appearances, Minori is still young and in better shape than Aki. Yet, the guys at Tenbi treat her as if she's a hag.
- Idiot Plot: The premise for episode 5 (season 2). Instead of saying she was dating one of the other teachers, Aki tells her parents she's dating a student, who's nearly half her age. Her parents simply take her story at face value and kidnaps a minor, then strands him on an island with their daughter in hopes that he'll knock her up. Which ends with him taking a beating for a situation that wasn't his fault, because Aki chose not to say anything.
- Season 2 is full of this.
- Les Yay: See the section regarding Takaki and Yuuka on the radar page.
- Magnificent Bitch: Otohime may be a coward, but she's savvy enough to learn from past mistakes, so the same tactics can't be used against her twice. During the Okino Island arc, Takeru's "Drive Duo" was able to nullify the Black Element she used to mind control the islanders. So Otohime devised an alternate form of mind control that doesn't use Black Element, rendering Takeru's Maken ability useless. And the first ones she used it on were the Four Pillars of Tenbi, which includes Love Espada. Thereby turning her enemies' strongest group of ability users into her own elite squad.
- You mean the cute plucky comic relief character, who likes sweets and happens to look like Makoto Nanaya? Yeah, Inaho, all the way.
- Oh, and Celia's sure to draw out reader's big brother instinct, since she hasn't got a chance of hooking up with Takeru, because his heart's set on Haruko. Even less so, now that he knows she's really a guy. Break out the hugs.
- Nightmare Fuel: Ask yourself which is worse:
- During the scene where Takeru Yamato first takes possession of Gouken's body, his eyes change from white to black and he moves like marionette - complete with one of the most unsettling grins ever.
- Or the scene in chapter 57, where Takeru becomes so enraged that he beats Gouken to death; not caring that he was possessed, or that the act was futile. All played horrifically straight.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Gouken was criminally under used, until the midway into Okino Island chapters (42-49), where he was revealed to be an S rank ability user. Any potential he may have had went out the window when Takeru beat him to death, in a futile attempt to kill Takeru Yamato.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The anime's first season only covers chapters 1-10, then skips to chapters 26 and 27, while the OVAs loosely cover chapters 28-30. The rest is filler. Meaning, you'll be missing the majority of the manga's most significant plot details and developments.
- What an Idiot: During the Himekagura Festival, Otohime challenged Maken-ki to a contest for possession of the original 8 Maken. So how did Minori decide which members would participate...? With a game of rock-paper-scissors. Predictably, they lost.
Himegami: (angrily) "Why am I not included in the bunch? How could you even make a decision with 'rock-paper-scissors' for such an important battle?"