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YMMV: Slam Dunk
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Sakuragi being Spurned Into Suicide over a misunderstanding. His friends pull him away from the fence he tries to jump from, and it's never mentioned again.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome and Ear Worm: "Kimi ga suki da to sakebitai" and "Sekai ga owaru made wa"
  • Die for Our Ship: Poor Haruko. And sometimes, poor Sendoh. But MUCH less, fandom says.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lampshaded. Uekasa believes he's one, but he's probably the least popular of the Ryonan players.
  • Fanon: No, it's never stated that Mitsui has to repeat his senior year at any point in the manga. Fans commonly misinterpret the last chapter (Akagi and Kogure quit the team to study for exams while Mitsui stays and feels "lonesome") as meaning Mitsui having to stay at Shohoku for another year. In 10 Days Later it's revealed he's staying for the Winter Tournament (which takes place during the second semester of the school year) so that he he can possibly get a scholarship to a university instead. Although it's possible Mitsui later repeats senior year, it's not canon.
  • Foe Yay: Sakuragi with both Rukawa and Sendoh.
    • Akagi with Uozumi.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment / Hilarious in Hindsight: The one-shot prequel, Piercings (which was published two years after the series ended), milks these tropes for all they're worth.
    • In one of the earlier chapters of Slam Dunk, Miyagi beats a delinquent half to death for slapping Ayako, declaring that you never hit a girl. When he was eleven he slapped her for littering.
    • At the end of the one-shot, Ayako tells him to keep a picture of her on his desk so he can see her everyday; he thinks this is an absurd idea. Five years later, he not only keeps a picture of her on his desk but talks to it every morning.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Beloved by the Spanish-speaking community.
    • Notice that we're talking about both Spanish-speaking groups, though the Latin-American one is more vocal.
    • This show as notably popular in the Philippines as well, possibly because of basketball's popularity in that country. Many people still watch it even now.
    • Also very popular in South Korea, to the point where certain lines have been meme-fied.
  • Ho Yay/Foe Yay: It's a series with lots of good-looking male characters. OF COURSE the Yaoi girls will be all over it.
    • When Ryota and Hanamichi come into basketball practice with their arms over each other's shoulders, they naturally get a lot of weird looks and Gori even flatly states, "That's disgusting."
      • It becomes completely hilarious when you notice that Hanamichi and Ryouta form a friendship based on their horrible luck with the ladies, because they both have a similar situation with an unrequited love.
    • Uozumi and Akagi's rivalry is just made of this. Even Inoues seems to poke fun at it later on by showing them hugging and crying on each other's shoulder with their "gorilla" faces on.
    • Mitsui with Kogure, arguably.
    • Kiyota's worship of Maki treads sometimes into this. In the Nagoya episodes, he TOTALLY went googly-eyed when he learned that Maki was well-known outside of their state, as if he was a fangirl in front of her favorite Idol Singer.
  • Moe: Haruko
  • Needs More Love
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Just before the nationals story arc, the various teams that will be playing are introduced, featuring the top players and even offering a much stronger rival for Sakuragi. And so it was a shock to many fans that it turned out that Shohuku lasts for only three games, with the second one being the Grand Finale and the third (where Shohoku lost) being only mentioned right before the epilogue.
  • The Woobie: Yasuda's shy and good-natured which naturally means he's pushed around in a team full of alpha males.
    • Uozumi (his backstory oif loneliness and school bullying is a Tear Jerker)
    • God, does Youko need a hug when you see her flashbacks in the first movie. Thank God Oda straightened up his act.
    • Ichiro

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