YMMV: Record of Lodoss War

  • Badass Decay: More of an enforced example. Since the series itself is not long and the arc that it occurs in is only about eight episodes, we clearly see how the regaining of Orson's emotions and the weakening influence that Hyuri had over him turned him from a cool, emotionless fighting juggernaut to a whiny, emotional prick. Though you have to give him credit: he can still handle himself with a sword pretty well without being a berserker.
  • Chaotic Evil: As opposed to conquering Lodoss, Wagnard's goal is to burn it to the ground.
  • Complete Monster: Wagnard is an Evil Sorcerer who was kicked out of his wizard's academy for practicing the black arts. As a result, the egotistical Wagnard has decided to awaken the destroyer Goddess Kardis and cause The End of the World as We Know It largely out of nothing more than spite and a petty grudge. Wagnard uses many as pawns, leading to large scale battles and many deaths, to catch the pure-hearted priestess Neese, who is the reincarnation of Kardis. Wagnard spares no effort in trying to murder her friends, and when he has Neese captive, subjects her to Cold-Blooded Torture to awaken Kardis within her. At the end, Wagnard expresses sheer glee in awakening Kardis to kill all that lives, solely so he can reign supreme in a "Kingdom of the Dead."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The "Black Knight Ashram" theme.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Leylia being possessed by Karla.
  • Ho Yay: Parn's fanboying over King Kashue when he first meets him somewhat resembles this, to the extent that Deedlit seems to be worried about the competition...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Karla the Grey Witch.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's become common to think Shiris is dressed as one of Santa's helpers considering how Christmas-y her outfit is in the OVA.
  • Narm: The kobolds look rather vicious, but their screams and howls sound exactly like your five year old brother immitating a monkey.
    • The dragon voices in the TV series when they talk are very laughable.
  • Neutrality Sue: Karla the Grey Witch has a unique power set that lets her more or less cheat death using possession, and combining her overwhelming power and overbearing tendencies with the heavy emphasis of keeping a good/evil balance, this is possible. Given its Dungeons & Dragons roots, Karla could easily be a Shout-Out or a more vicious Expy of Mordenkainen.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Narse. O Be it his mouth full of fangs, his connection with Kardis or the fact he's the size of Godzilla. Then there's his roar.
  • Subbing versus Dubbing: The English dub often divides a lot of people; there are fans of the dub, to the point where they admit it's a favorite of theirs, while some others find it detestable. Still others think that there's a certain Narm Charm to it. Either way, Lisa Ortiz's Deedlit (her first role ever, incidentally) is considered one of its greatest assets. This is especially amusing given that Word of God is that they prefer the voices in the US dub of the OVA.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Listen to this score. Now listen to one. If you're wondering which one came first the answer is Leviathan. (the TV series came out in 1990, the film came out in 1989. Do the math.)
    • "Kiseki no Umi", the TV series' opening theme, sounds suspiciously similar to Karl Jenkins' "Adiemus".
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Orson in the TV series was particularly sad, having made a Heroic Sacrifice for Shiris with her begging him to wake.