YMMV: Strike Witches

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Erica, to the point of becoming the unofficial mascot of Krautchan
    • Sanya's popularity is vastly disproportionate to the amount of screen-time she gets. And she was one of the first characters to receive a figurine.
    • While The Movie cameos basically every Japanese fandom favorite they can cram in, Heidimarie in particular is given the third most significant plot driven scenes after Shizuka and Yoshika, and is basically treated as a member of the 501st (read: primary cast) at the end, in all but name.
    • Heidimarie herself is one from the side materials as she belonged to no Joint Fighter Wing but proved popular among fans on both sides of the pacific due to her looks, personality, combat record, and still having traces of Moe.
  • Fan Nickname: "Sky Girls no pantsu", "Strike Pantsu", "Pantsu Witches"
  • Fetish Retardant: If you're not into the series' particular brand of fanservice, the panty shots and such can come off as this. This has turned some viewers off the series completely, while others put up with the fanservice for the sake of the entertaining plot and likeable characters, as well as the awesome battle scenes (panty shots excluded of course)
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Perrine and Lucchini. Many of their interactions are rather amusing in terms that they're complete polar opposites, especially episode 10 of the second season, where they share tons of Ship Tease moments, including Lucchini throwing a sword to Perrine to defeat a golem, which got fans buzzing.
  • Freud Was Right: "Blitzkrieg", you say? Among other examples.
  • Growing the Beard: From episode 8 onward. Not that the first half was hideous. This is noted in the dub commentary, when the ADR director was first assigned the show for dubbing, he wasn't that impressed at first. The strength of the characterizations and the fun way they build upon each other won him over by episode four.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Several, but especially episode 6 (both seasons).
  • Les Yay:
    • Yoshika has some... interesting dreams about her comrades.
    • Based on the events in Episode 8, Minna probably transferred her feelings for her old boyfriend (including concern for his safety) to Mio.
    • Eila and Sanya.... ("Doesn't it make your heart throb?"). Case in point, here is what Eila has to say about Sanya.
    Eila: Sanya? ... Sanya, huh? hmm... ah, sorry. Thinking of Sanya sort of... makes my heart ache. I wonder why? ...eh? Her breasts? Sanya's!? What the hell are you looking at!? I wouldn't talk about that, idiot!
Another case was, when her dousing rods led her to Sanya's ass rather than to the Neuroi bug.
  • The Movie doesn't let up on the Les Yay. The most blatant example is Yoshika and Lynne; they roll around on the ground hugging at the beginning and later cuddle together in bed.