YMMV / Perfume

The book and its film adaptation

  • Awesome Music: The musical score which Tom Tykwer did himself along with Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek. Examples include "Prologue", "The Crowd Embrace", "Moorish Scents" and "Lost Love".
  • Heartwarming Moments: In a strange way, the orgy scene at the end is this. Despite being an orgy, there is no perverted focus, it is entirely about the crowd's enthralled faces as they lovingly embrace and make love to each other regardless of gender, race and age, turning the entire scene into a beautiful (if bizarre) cinematic moment. Topped of by the soundtrack accompanying the scene, "The Crowd Embrace".
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The film casts Grenouille as something of an Antichrist by perverting aspects of the New Testament. After getting arrested, he is sentenced to die on a cross-shaped torture device. During his planned execution, he beguiles the crowd into seeing him as a righteous man. However, he refuses the call to rule the world when he realizes that he doesn't feel like it. When he dies, a crowd consumes his body in a perverse echo of the Eucharist.
  • Hollywood Homely:
    • Grenouille is a disheveled, scarred, filthy, bone-thin, and socially inept man, but he's played by the dashing Ben Whishaw. It's questionable whether this is also an example of Adaptational Attractiveness, since the character is clearly supposed to be unattractive.
    • An awful lot of the main film cast are downright gorgeous, considering the time period - most of them still with their hair and teeth and fairly good skin. The massive orgy scene towards the end is a good example of this.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: You'd be forgiven for asking this question, especially in regard to the climax.

The music group

  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Broken Base:
    • Fans either prefer their older sound and think their newer songs are losing their touch, while other fans adore their new sound and think it's a step-up from older songs.
    • Fans either prefer their softer songs and hate their edgier ones, or vice-versa. note  Can (but doesn't always) overlap with fans preferring their old or new sound as many older songs are softer while many newer songs are edgier.
  • Ear Worm: A fair estimate would be every single from "Electro World" onward.
    • Judging by the reaction from live audiences, "Polyrhythm", "edge" and "Chocolate Disco" turn fans CRAZY. "Chocolate Disco" and "edge" proved so popular that they each got three separate official mixes.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Quite a few of their B-sides which fans often prefer to their corresponding A-sides:
    • "Hurly Burly"; many like it more than "Spending All My Time" and were devastated that it did not make it to the "Level 3" album.
    • "Display", which many preferred to its A-side "Cling Cling".
  • Fandom Rivalry: with those of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (thanks to shared writer/producer Nakata) and BABYMETAL (thanks to shared choreographer MIKIKO). Western Perfume fans seem jealous of the attention/success the other 2 have gotten in their regions.
    • Despite this, Kyary and Perfume seem to be on okay terms. Kashiyuka in particular has been called an "older sister" by her.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Before "Polyrhythm", Perfume was a quirky, Shibuya-kei-inspired technopop group (to the point where equally next-level single "Electro World" only made a minor dent in the singles charts.) As one NHK documentary put it, "the reason why they are now facing a crowd of 50,000 is because of this hit song." And it shows.
    • While their choreography has always been their highlight, fans agree the dances have become even more impressive "Spring of Life" onwards.
  • Les Yay:
    • The "Spending All my time" PV has the girls holding hands, grabbing each other's shoulders, and A~chan singing Loving you, so loving you forever to Nocchi's face.
    • They're seen holding each other in the "I Still Love U" PV.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Spen."note 
    • "I will cling to your chest."note 
    • Nocchi and alpacas.note 
  • Narm: At the beginning of their career (think ages 12-13), Perfume performed a spectacular dance performance to showcase their hip-hop dancing skills. The only problem that makes it difficult to take seriously? The song they danced to was "How Many Licks?"
  • Narm Charm: Their early dance routines were simplistic and excessively quirky. The routine for "Polyrhythm" is infamous for showing this trope off.
  • Never Live It Down: A~chan once referred to a gay male fan she met as being "neither male nor female" in an interview. Though she probably meant nothing by it (she showed no signs of disgust and such misconceptions are sadly common in Japan), it quickly became a running joke in the tumblr Perfume fandom (where there are many gay fans) to portray her as a Heteronormative Crusader.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Laser Beam" sounds a bit like Giorgio Moroder's "Chase".