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YMMV: Senki Zesshou Symphogear
  • Base Breaker:
    • Some people like Hibiki and think that she's a great heroine, while others find her annoying and contrived.
    • Similarly, people either like Tsubasa for being a Badass Kuudere swordswoman or the hate her for her Jerkass tendencies in season one.
  • 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.
  • Complete Monster: The original Finé from the first season is this, but Dr. Ver from the second season manages to be even worse than her. In Episode 5, especially, he doesn't care who sets the Noise upon using Solomon's Cane, whether it be armed soldiers or even innocent bystanders, like children. Then there's the sadistic pleasure he takes in seeing Hibiki's arm bit off by the nephilim. By episode 6, it's hinted that he only thinks of how to save his own butt and 'become a hero' by having Nephilim devour everyone. And even Maria, Kirika and Shirabe are clearly disturbed that they're on the same side, and generally just kept him around because he's the only one who can stabilize the Incurable Cough of Death of their mother, and he gleefully took advantage of that.
  • 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:
  • 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 the utterly depraved Dr. Ver as the Big Bad. Though this is in large part because of blatant stealing of plot elements from the well established Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise. Just about every major event and major character has a direct mirror (Frontier = Cradle, Dr. Ver = Dr. Scaglietti, etc.)
    • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Not from the series itself, but "being lancer is suffering" certainly applies here. Kanade, Hibiki, and Maria, meets Cu Chulainn, Diarmuid, and Kyoko.
    • Can't forget the Fine/fine puns. It's become so wide spread and intense that some people automatically read fine as Fine so long as the subject is Symphogear.
    • And, to a lesser extent, Hibiki's line from episode 10.
  • 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.
  • 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 in the last episode.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Ryoko got a lot of hate during the first season, largely for being a Psycho Lesbian. YMMV if her being Fine did anything to win her some fans.
    • And for season two, Maria has become one of these. She had a lot of fans during her debut episodes, but a mix of Badass Decay and Wangst seems to have gained her dislike. Again, YMMV if her actions in the season finale have her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • 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.

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