YMMV: Senki Zesshou Symphogear

  • Accidental Innuendo: GX's tagline is "Believe in justice and hold a determination to fist." In common American slang, "fist" as a verb means... something very, very different from what the creators probably intended.
  • Awesome Music: As is expected given the show's presence, it has its own page.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Hibiki was rather divisive during the first season. While some viewers found her to be spirited and heroic, others generally considered her to be contrived and obnoxious. G improved her standing with consistent morals and general kickassery.
      • She falls back into this in GX, when her unwillingness to fight is brought to the forefront. Arguments abound as to whether her angst is justified or just Wangst, and whether her reasons for hesitating make sense given her prior development or fly in the face of that development. In particular, her snapping at Maria and subsequent apology after the latter saves her from Garie are seen as either justified frustration bubbling to the surface at an unfortunate time, or just her being ungrateful and selfish.
    • Pre-character development Tsubasa was often considered to be bitchy. Post-character development, she's far more well-liked.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Training Montage in episode 9 of G. It's comes after the revealed that Miku is alive and doesn't seem to serve a real purpose compare to season one's montage to make Hibiki a better fighter.
    • It serves to have Genjuro and Hibiki sing the theme from Police Story.
    • The out-of-nowhere musical number about beef stroganoff in episode 3 of GX.
  • Complete Monster: The Big Bad of the second season is Dr. John Wayne Vercingetorix, known as Dr. Ver. A Mad Scientist of unparalleled ego, he has no qualms about using a Mook-making device on innocent civilians just because they saw him in action (those same Mooks disintegrate a normal human just by touching them), and has quite a sadistic streak, grinning like a maniac when a resurrected monster bites off the heroine's arm. The other members of the terrorist organisation he's part of don't think highly of him, and only keep him because he's the only person to be able to look after the wheelchair-bound leader's health, which he gleefully uses as an excuse to inject psycho serums to the combat-capable members. When the season's climax comes around, he flat out admits that he never shared the organization's views of preventing the world's destruction, and simply wants to save his own butt, with optional plans to repopulate Earth with one of the antagonist Symphogears, hence why he accelerated the Moon's descent rather than stop it.
  • Counterpart Comparison: It's hard not to compare Hibiki to Madoka, especially since they have the same voice actor. Both are Magical Girl protagonists who are often reluctant to fight, and don't want other people to fight (and both of them get a lot of flak for it). Hibiki is more tomboyish and badass, but (PMMM spoiler) Madoka had a very similar personality in the first timeline, and traces of this can be seen in the current timeline. The main difference is their fighting style; Hibiki is a Cute Bruiser while Madoka uses an Energy Bow.
  • Crazy Awesome: It's clear that everything in this series was made to be as over-the-top as possible for the Magical Girl Warrior genre, from the Badass fight scenes (coupled with Awesome Music) to the utterly depraved villains, as well as the ludicrous Narm Charm moments.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Within the main cast, Chris is well-loved among fans either for the obvious reasons or the less obvious ones. Her Character Development and origins as a Dark Magical Girl pre-Heel Face Turn help cement her status as fan-favorite.
    • Yumi, one of Miku's friends, is popular due to her Breaking the Fourth Wall habits and for being a Meta Girl.
    • Genjuuro and Ogawa also have their fans due to being consistently Badass Normal. It helps that Genjuuro has a Badass Baritone while Ogawa is a ninja and a Badass in a Nice Suit.
    • Micha, the last of the Auto-Scorers to appear, was receiving attention online before her official debut in the show. Her shark teeth and manic behavior in the OP may (or may not) have had something to do with that.
    • On the subject of the Auto-Scorers, Garie has built a dedicated following due to her smug, sarcastic personality and amusing facial expressions. It probably helps that in the first four episodes of GX, she has been the most prominent of the Auto-Scorers following her introduction.
  • Even Better Sequel:
    • The majority of the fans who watched the first season found the sequel to be superior after a few episodes had aired, due to the increased action, an antagonist group that has been around since the beginning and most of them are developed Anti-Villain... and compounding them is Dr. Ver as the Big Bad.
    • In fact, it's seen as so much better the Blu ray sales for the first volume were more than double of that of the blu-ray sales of the first season.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Maria and Tsubasa in Season 2. Not only is Maria's Symphogear identical to Kanade's, their duet in the first episode is awfully suggestive, with furtive glances and both performers stroking their long, phallic microphones. Once Maria is revealed as a villain, she and Tsubasa directly oppose one another, with their fights being some of the most intense.
    • The opening of G has two silhouettes at the beginning, with one of them trying to catch the hand of the other. The silhouettes are Hibiki and Finé.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • If the Noise are behind most monsters in legends, maybe people accidentally fused with relics gave birth to werewolf tales?
    • Gungnir is Odin's spear and he is associated with berserker, making it a great name for Hibiki's relic. Along the same line, Ichaival is Odin's bow, fitting well with Chris' trigger-happy and destructive tendencies.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Les Yay: Has its own page.
  • Love to Hate: Both Big Bads, Finé and Dr. Ver are well received by the fans. Even though they don't fit the Magnificent Bastard category, their hammy portrayal and their manipulative abilities have cause the fanbase to like them or to hate them. Especially Dr. Ver is considered as an over-the-top villain, being much crazier than Finé herself, even though Dr. Ver is a weakling compared to her.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Sex God: Hibiki. How bad is it? She's capable of making straight girls go lesbian for her instead. Those straight girls? The Infinite Stratos girls and Aria.
  • Moe: Hibiki and Miku definitely qualify, and Chris has her moments. And, come season 2, Kirika and Shirabe are both on the Moe bandwagon. Also, Chris became much more Moe in season 2.
    • Carol in GX, with her short stature and Cute Witch attire is definitely this, to the point where some find it hard to take her seriously as a villain.
  • Moral Event Horizon: So how do you think Ver can top Fine in terms of being utterly despicable? Well, a good starter sign of skirting the line would be when he fetches Noises on passing by kids just because they were looking at him fetching Noises to US soldiers with a smile on his face. If that wasn't enough, then forcefully injecting Psycho Serum to Kirika and Shirabe and tells them to use the Swan Song (which would mean death for them) while acting like an Entitled Bastard despite their pains and dangers of getting injected with them would be him crossing the line. Kidnapping and brainwashing Miku into giving her a Symphogear form? Now that's leaping faaaar away and deeper from the horizon, accompanied with the biggest "WOO-HOO!" you can ever imagine. He's still waving and taking another leap when he sends Nastassja off to the moon, killing her, because she's trying to avert the damage he's caused, this is also the final push for Maria to finally have enough with bearing with him and deciding to kill him.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Anytime a Symphogear initiates her Transformation Sequence, no matter how nonsensical the activation phrase sounds, you know you're in for a treat as asskicking ensues, topped by the serie's great repertoire of song.
  • Narm: The show's detractors are prone to noting this.
    • Narm Charm: But, they're not too far off. And the Narm is a large part of what makes the show work.
      • For both tropes, special mention goes to Finé/Ryoko's Engrish.
      • And Ver's manic facial expressions.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The series has quite a handful of this.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Hibiki nearly became The Scrappy because of her poor performance during the first four episodes. Episode 5 rescued her, and the second season increased her popularity.
    • Maria finally getting over her indecisiveness and getting stuff done in the finale improved her status among viewers. GX improved her standing as she became more decisive and her battling of the Autoscorers despite the disadvantage.
    • Kirika has become a lot more popular after her Big Damn Heroes moment in the third episode of GX, rescuing Chris despite the risk to her body caused by transforming without LiNKER.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Ryoko got a lot of hate during the first season, largely for being a Psycho Lesbian.
    • And for season two, Maria has become one of these. She started the season with a lot of love in part due to fantastic songs and being voiced by Yoko Hikasa. Badass Decay and failing to get anything done plot-wise gained her a great deal of hate.
    • Quite a few people were annoyed by Kirika's actions in G, thanks to the subplot about her becoming Fine, which was ripe with Wangst and bad decisions. And it turned out that Shirabe was Fine all along, which made the clumsy writing completely pointless.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: During transformation sequences, a random splice of words flow in the background. In most cases, they're faux German, except for maybe a few. During Kanade's transformation, for example, the word "ziggurat" flows for a short moment before the cut. Strange how The Other Wiki notes that none of the shrines on them were saved.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: All of the Japanese voice actresses for the Valkyries are not widely known for the genre they portray in the anime. (Aoi Yuuki doing a Badass Leitmotif? Ayahi Takagaki opting for HARD ROCK?). To be fair, Nana Mizuki does have yet another Dark Magical Girl character. Also Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • The Woobie: Without any question, it's Hibiki's calling in this series. It makes some fans wonder if the creator doesn't outright hate her for what he puts her through. Sure, the vast predominance of characters have a Dark and Troubled Past, and most of the villains have a good, honest Freudian Excuse to explain why they do what they do, but ye gods, the traumas that have not happened to Hibiki is a very short list. On screen, we have seen her attend a rock concert by her favorite idols, Tsubasa and Kanade to have the concert attacked by Noise, and she's the only survivor in the audience because Kanade's relic exploded and a piece of it hit her in the heart. When she came out of the hospital, as if survivor's guilt wasn't enough, all the friends and relatives of the rest of the audience treat her as an actual murderer as if she somehow summoned and commanded the Noise at the concert! Her family received constant death threats, somebody firebombed her house, with her, and her mother inside (they escaped), the police failed to make any arrests, charitably because of the sheer volume of rioters calling for Hibiki's blood, all shouting They Died Because of You, her parents outright abandoned her to save their own skins, the government declared her legally dead just to make the rioting stop, she spent years bouncing from orphanage to orphanage until S.O.N.G took her in, and gave her a facsimile of a normal life, and the fact that even after all this, she's still a Genki Girl almost to the point of Stepford Smiler, and she is explicitly not an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight, but would rather talk out her problems, has caused every Symphogear user she's met, without exception, to automatically assume that she's a Spoiled Sweet Wide-Eyed Idealist that does not know the meaning of the word "suffering" and decide to "educate her." If not by trying No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, then by virtue of "The Reason You Suck" Speech or going after what friends she does have. And the reason why she's always so upbeat? Because if she gets angry, no matter how justified, she risks awakening her Super-Powered Evil Side and going out of control attacking friend and foe alike, at least partially aware of what she's doing but unable to stop it! Then in the second season, we find out that the Symphogear that saved her life is slowly killing her every time she fights, until, by way of brilliant but risky strategy with Miku, she manages to disable it so S.O.N.G can safely take it out of her body. Now, in the third season, after the Autoscorers force her to fight by threatening her friend (and possibly lover) Miku, destroy the very Symphogear that kept her alive the last two seasons and make her completely catatonic, and unresponsive, all because the new Big Bad also doesn't believe that Hibiki knows the meaning of the word "suffer" either.