YMMV / Steins;Gate

  • Epileptic Trees: Three words, Committee of 300.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the Puella Magi Madoka Magica fanbase, due to the concept of a time-traveling protagonist also being present in that series.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When explaining the events of the prologue to Kurisu, she asks Okabe who stabbed her. She then guesses that it was him. Fast forward to Chapter 11, when he goes back in time to try to save her, only to end up accidentally stabbing her himself, and suddenly her guess is not so funny.
  • Gateway Series: The VN is cited as one of the best ones for new players to check out, as a popular anime series was based on it and it is one of the few to have an official English version.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • If you rewatch the series and see all those people sending D-mails, it seems much harsher since you know Okabe has to reverse them in order to save Mayuri.
    • Okabe's rants about the Organization and people being secret agents becomes much harsher once SERN and the Committee of 300 are introduced and Moeka turns out to be a secret Rounder agent - and their landlord, Mr. Braun turns out to be her boss.
    • The final couple of episodes involving the plot point of Dr. Nakabashi defecting to Russia and bringing sensitive intelligence that could ultimately start World War III. Cue 2013 and Edward Snowden defecting to Russia bringing sensitive intelligence about the NSA...
    • All of Okabe's ridiculous comments and the plot point of Committee of 300 being a part of The Conspiracy gets a lot darker after Robotics;Notes and Chaos;Child implied that they are the true Big Bad of the whole Science Adventure franchise.
    • Okabe's Heroic B.S.O.D. after the first attempt to save Kurisu failed was bleak enough but it becomes much darker after Steins;Gate 0
    • In a sense, Luka's ending became that after an optional scene in the next chapter has Nae revealing what happens to Okabe in the Alpha timeline.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A few weeks after the ending of the anime, CERN published an article about neutrinos traveling faster than light. One of the things they want to do is to send messages to the past. Don't turn your back on CERN....note 
      • Another CERN-related one: Sometime after the release of the anime adaptation, there was a man who got arrested in the real LHC claiming to be a time traveler. Cue John Titor-related/The Choice of Steins;Gate comments.
      • After multiple mishapsnote , closings, and re-openings of the use of the LHC, 2015 marked the first year since 2009note  that it had begun testing and scheduled activity. More "incidents" have happened since then, and generally weird stuff (including some genuine scientific and technological advancement) just keeps happening. Then again, occurrences like these are commonplace with facilities such as these. Yeah. Totally. Sure.
    • At the start of the VN, Daru snarks that Okabe's alias sounds like an anime character. Soon, it would indeed be...
    • Some materials in the Expanded Universe makes heavy use of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a metaphor for Okabe. Mamoru Miyano later voiced Jekyll and Hyde in Fate/Grand Order. May also cross into Actor Allusion.
    • Okabe uses his time-traveling ability to accomplish three things: save his best friend, save his Love Interest, and prevent the world from falling into chaos. Sound familiar?.
  • Ho Yay: Despite him insisting otherwise, it is hinted that Ruka does have romantic feelings for Okabe, even when he was male. Okabe also sees him as a Stupid Sexy Flanders.
  • Les Yay: At least that how Daru sees Mayuri showing Kurisu around.
  • Memetic Mutation: Dr. Pepper: an intellectual drink for the chosen ones! It's to Steins;Gate as Pizza Hut is to Code Geass.
    • From the Japanese version of the anime: "Hey mister- I AM MAD SCIENTIST. IT'S SO COOL! Sonofabitch."
    • From the visual novel: "HEY MASTER, I AM MAD SCIENTIST. SO COOOOOOOOL——SONUVABITCH!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kurisu's father stealing his daughter's paper and then either gets her killed or stabs Okabe. Unlike Moeka, there isn't a single point of redemption in his favor. The drama CDs portray him in a slightly better light (though mostly by making his background more sympathetic, rather than undoing any actual course of action).
  • Narm Charm: The True Ending route is awesome, but it does have one unintentionally funny moment with how Kurisu's static character portrait is "animated" to show her finding and picking up the Upa that Mayuri dropped.
  • Player Punch: Mayuri dying for the first time. And second time. And third time... and so on.
  • Porting Disaster: The PC port is a minor example of this. The resolution is downscaled (from HD to 576p), buggy, and prone to crashing problems. The English localization fixed the bugs and crashing problems. The 2016 Steam Edition remedied all of the above issues, as it used the Ultra-HD assets of the PS4 port.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Gratuitously so. Only natural for a series about time travel of course. Seemingly innocuous details from earlier on becomes important later on, and the last episode/chapter hinges heavily on what happened in the first episode/prologue.
  • Sequel Displacement: It can be easy to forget that it takes place in the same universe as Chaos;Head and Robotics;Notes.
  • Sophomore Slump: Inverted to an insane degree. The visual novel is the only one in the Science Adventure series to be released overseas, and the anime is the most well-known and well-received adaption in the series.
  • Ugly Cute: Daru to some.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Ruka is very feminine, so much so that Mayuri asks him to try on her cosplay costumes. He also wears a Miko's traditional robes normally.
    Okabe: "But he's a guy."
  • What an Idiot: A lot of the first half of the series is people being stupid and not properly communicating anything
    • Okabe has just done a D-Mail experiment and nobody remembers it happened.
      You'd Expect: Okabe to realize that the D-Mail worked and the past has changed, and inform everyone about it like he did after Moeka's D-Mail.
      Instead: He doesn't tell anyone and continues to question everything strange, not thinking that it might have something to do with a D-Mail that was sent, nor does he ever bother to ask anyone if the D-Mail worked, even though the intended purpose of sending them is to test it.
    • Okabe has been acting strange, rambling about something not being right, and not like his other chuunibyou rants. It's very similar to when he told them that Moeka had sent a D-Mail.
      You'd Expect: Someone to realize that maybe Okabe has sent a D-Mail and to ask him about it.
      Instead: Nobody thinks to do this, and instead blame it on the heat or his usual chuuni rants.
    • Okabe has been going on a little rant about how Lukako is a guy
      You'd Expect: Okabe to figure out that Lukako's D-mail to change his gender worked, and that's the reason everyone is acting strange, especially when one considers that both Mayuri, who's a close friend of Lukako, and Lukako herself are saying that she is a girl.
      Instead: He gets the bright idea to confirm that Lukako is a male by grabbing her genitalia. Needless to say, this isn't the best decision.
  • The Woobie: Pretty much the entire main cast at one point or another (except maybe Daru), but ESPECIALLY Okabe.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The English adaptations replace references to 2chan memes with ones more familiar to native English speakers.
      Kurisu: Why do you have to be such a Wesley!? *beat* Uhh... I mean, we're getting way off topic.
      Okabe: ...right, we should get back on track. How is your work progressing, Next-Gen Girl?
    • Also notable is the dub's handling of Okabe's tendency to refer to Daru as a "super hacka," which is evidently used by most as a derogatory term to refer to someone who claims they're a tremendously skilled hacker, but in reality, are anything but. Since most of the American audience probably wouldn't understand that without someone explaining it to them, the dub opts to have Okabe refer to Daru as a "hack," which is generally used to refer to someone with no talent in their chosen profession. In either case, Okabe clearly uses it because he just thinks it sounds cooler than "hacker."
    • Okabe's "I am mad scientist" phrase is replaced with a Jive Turkey act.
    • The Audio Commentary reveals that some of the jokes were replaced for English audiences with ShoutOuts to Doctor Who. Noted examples are Kurisu stating that one cannot simply bounce around the timelines in a blue police box, Suzuha telling Kurisu and Okabe that "This is where it gets complicated", and possibly even Okabe's shouting "Doctor!" in the first episode,and his final confrontation with Nakabachi, as this is not what was said in the original Japanese:

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