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YMMV: Strike Witches
  • Anticlimax Boss: Season 2, Episode 7's Monster of the Week is defeated when Minna tenses up and crushes the insect sized Neuroi core in her underpants when everyone rushes to pull them off her. Subsequently its larger, more armed half is destroyed. She even gets a medal, as it was her 200th kill, which she and Mio were discussing at the beginning of the episode.
  • Anvilicious: Friendship is important! With the support of your comrades, you can do anything! The movie takes it Up to Eleven. Arguably part of the series' charm.
  • Cliché Storm
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: No matter how off-putting the fanservice can be to some, this series' hatedom is way more appalling. Don't bring up this series on Something Awful, if you value your life.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Several, but especially episode 6.
  • 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.
      • This due to her being one among the fandom for a long time. Her and various other non-501st witches are pretty popular among fans, possibly more so than the 501st.
  • 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.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Perrine and Lucchini. Many of their interactions are rather amusing in terms that they're complete polar opposites, especially episode 9 of the second season, where they share tons of Ship Tease moments, which would lead the popularity of this couple.
  • Freud Was Right: "Blitzkrieg", you say? Among other examples.
    • The pictures on the left are, as far as I remember, actually Wochenschau footage, explaining the Blitzkrieg tactic to the German populace, with the tip being the assault force, and the rest assembles a secure line of defense for the convoys that supply the tip to keep it going. Yes, this does not make it better, I am clear on that.
      • If anything, "supplying the tip" makes it worse
  • Growing the Beard: From episode 8 onward. Not that the first half was hideous...
    • 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.
  • 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? 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Strike Witches love is alive and well... in my pants."
    • Speaking of pants, any discussion of the series on Youtube will inevitably contain jokes about how pants have been outlawed/were never invented/are unnecessary because the main characters are just that badass/etc.
  • Moe Moe: Most characters, but especially Sanya (the creators seem determined to play her cuteness for all its worth) and Lynette (clumsy, shy, low self esteem...we could go on).
  • Periphery Demographic: If Youtube comments are anything to go by, Strike Witches has a decent number of female fans who aren't there for the fanservice. Makes sense, given that the cast is made up of badass women, and that the show passes the Bechdel Test quite easily.
  • Stoic Woobie: Mio. The final episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 deal with her losing her magical power, and by extension, her ability to fight the Neuroi. Every aspect of Mio's character screams "Don't You Dare Pity Me!," but just try to watch her break down in tears in the face of losing her way of life and place in the 501st and not feel sorry for her. Fortunately, she comes to terms with it.
  • Tear Jerker: Happens a few times in season 1. Most notably near the end of "We're The Same".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: In the Season 2 finale, Yoshika pulls ''Reppumaru'' from the deck of the ''Yamato''.

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