YMMV / Sorcerer Stabber Orphen

  • Adaptation Displacement: While Orphen admittedly isn't as popular as most shows are today, very few people who are fans of the show to at least some extent even realize that this began as a light novel series.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Lycoris has both fans and detractors. Her haters say she's a generic moe klutz who does nothing useful during the entire second season, which as it turns out, completely revolves around her. Her fans reply saying that she may not be an Action Girl but still tries to do what she can, and the deal that the season is about her is not exactly good for her.
  • Complete Monster: Escalena from Revenge, the second season of the anime, is a sorcerous beast sealed away by the Heavenly Beings countless years ago for the havoc she wreaked upon the world. Escalena makes a bargain with a sorcerer named McGregor Nielsen when he and his daughters are at their lowest point, saving the girls from a deathly illness and resurrecting one of them in exchange for McGregor sacrificing five sorcerers to her to free her. Escalena erases the memory of McGregor's youngest daughter Lycoris and forces her big sister Esperanza to constantly edit her memory to use her as a pawn, dispersing her to lure Orphen himself into her clutches. Once she's finally outed as the mastermind behind the plot, Escalena murders Esperanza right in front of the rest of her family (and not before revealing that she was the girl who died, which Esperanza didn't know) and cruelly gloats she never intended on keeping either of McGregor's daughters alive, her true goal simply being to break from her seal and destroy the world for nothing more than her own amusement, even managing to spitefully kill McGregor himself in the throes of her own death after Orphen defeats her. By far the most evil of Orphen's usually-sympathetic enemies, Escalena is a deceitful monster, both literally and figuratively.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The first ED, Tanpopo's Last Kiss. The second OP, Sharan Q's Kimi wa majutsushi.
  • Die for Our Ship: How dares Cleao get in the way of Orphen and (insert: Majic, Hartia, Azalie)! However, at least in the novels she eventually does get him, as the new series revealed.
  • Evil Is Sexy: After Azalie takes control of Childman's body, we start having more glimpses of his well-toned, tan-skinned frame.
  • Ho Yay: Orphen has this with Majik and Hartia. On one hand, Majik adores his "Master" and sticks by him no matter what; on the other, Hartia's own devotion to Orphen is very easy to see as him being the series's Unlucky Childhood Friend.
  • Iron Woobie: Orphen, whose quests bring him terrible pain but he refuses to give in; Stephanie, due to the Deal with the Devil
  • Jerkass Woobie: Cleao, since she can be annoying and pushy but has a heart of gold underneath.
  • Les Yay: Licorice and Cleao's bond can be seen as a mix of this and Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Azalie, Marco Reika, arguably Escalenna. Out of them, Azalie is the biggest one.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Cleao not only gets quite a bit of Character Development in the second half of the series, but her Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with Lycoris in Revenge made several fans warm up to her.
  • The Scrappy: Cleao in the first season, mainly for doing almost nothing but bitch and trying to make it all about her. She switches to a Base-Breaking Character later, tho.
  • Seasonal Rot: Revenge suffers from decay of all kinds, and not because it's Lighter and Softer. Though it goes better towards the end, according to some.
  • Stoic Woobie: Childman, due to his emotional baggage and noble heart; not ever showing how it hurts him inside and how deeply he blames himself for the deal with Azalie.
  • Values Resonance: The deal with Stephanie being a trans sexual person isn't handled for cheap and offensive laughs. When Orphen explains how she went from the male-bodied Stephan to the female-bodied Stephanie, he does it in a matter-of-fact way and doesn't think less of her for it, and later no one's supposed to side with Cleao when she makes a careless comment about it. Not to mention Stephanie herself is portrayed as a normal and kind person, and her trans sexuality is not the only character trait she has.
  • The Woobie: Fienna, for being bound to her town and the medium between people and the Dragons no matter what; and later... LYCORIS!
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