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YMMV: Strawberry Panic!
  • Anvilicious
  • Cliché Storm: Though that's not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Die for Our Ship: Shizuma and Amane sometimes get bashed by Tamao/Nagisa and Yaya/Hikari fans respectively.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Chikaru.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In regards to Amane's entrance into the Etoile elections, the moral is "It doesn't matter what you want, it matters what everyone else wants." This might overlap with Values Dissonance - placing aside your own wants in favour of helping the collective is a prime example of Japanese social mores.
    • Kaname even subtly lampshades it with her actions, being the "evil" counterpart to Amane. She wants the position of Etoile because she wants the responsibility and has plans she wants to accomplish, whereas Amane has no desire to do so, despite many believing her qualified for the position, and confused/disappointed she wouldn't assume duties she is believed suitable for.
      • In the end of both the anime and the light novels, however, Amane is very happy in her new position. The light novel ending explores this further, as Amane is glad to accept her role as the new Etoile as a way to bring happiness to not just Hikari, but all of Spica, and states that "it feels good to be needed by someone".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Some fans would have preferred Tamao and Nagisa to end up together. There are quite a few fans who feel the same way about Hikari and Yaya.
  • Memetic Mutation: "YUU AH ZA CHUUZEN WAN!"
  • Moe
  • Narm Charm: Amane's "prince" motiff can get a little corny at times, but many agree that the over-the-top rescue on her white horse was pretty kickass.
  • Squick: Rampant sexual assault by two antagonists. Yaya's random groping of Hikari. And in fan works, since she can't have Hikari, Yaya gets shipped (often explicitly) with Tsubomi... who's twelve.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes - Strawberry Panic give you caries!
  • Wangst
  • The Woobie: Depending on how you interpret the ending, Tamao winds up by herself. But she's a sweetheart!

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