YMMV / To Love-Ru

  • Accidental Aesop:
    • The first OVA, where Rito Yuuki turns into a girl and his life suddenly becomes much more difficult. This is later balanced out with an Imagine Spot where, as a girl, Rito's life is made much easier since his Accidental Pervert moments are dismissed on account of gender.
    • In Chapter 144 of the manga, a perverted spirit takes over Zastin's body and tries to undress every female he sees. He reveals the reason he's gone rampant is because he was rejected by 500 different girls during his life, and agrees to leave if he can touch even one girl's breasts. Oshizu Murasame agrees, but just before the spirit touches her, she pulls the spirit out of Zastin's body and burns him away with her spirit flame. The spirit's final words? "I knew it! Women are liars!" Considering illustrator Kentaro Yabuki's then-current situation with his ex-wife...(although even Oshizu admits she did "something horrible" afterwards)
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Rito really a Nice Guy who's simply unlucky enough to wind up in Accidental Pervert situations or a "master" pervert that only pretends to be clumsy? Character 66 of Darkness confirms that all of his Accidental Pervert moments happen because of his disease talent. Yes, you read it right. Doctor Mikado actually thinks of it as of his talent.
    • Was Mikan Yuuki's Not Blood Siblings prank to Rito when she got sick just that, or was it representative of some hidden desire of hers?
    • Momo Belia Deviluke's "Harem Plan" in Darkness paints her in two separate lights: does she genuinely want all of the girls who love Rito to be happy or is this grand scheme of hers a way to justify going after Rito herself without feeling any guilt or remorse?
  • Base Breaker
    • The Black Cat-based characters - some Black Cat fans are annoyed with the changes made to their favorite characters in To-Love-Ru, while others enjoy the alternate versions of them.
    • Rito is a very divisive character, especially in Darkness, where some readers often accuse him to be a living device who triggers Ecchi situations without any Character Development (in contrast to the original manga).
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The series does have a rather diverse cast and interesting universe, as well as a number of serious emotional scenes, yet any amount of talk about To-Love-Ru to anyone almost always results in this being mentioned first...not that you can blame them.
  • Die for Our Ship: Not quite as bad as some examples, but people were becoming very annoyed with Haruna Sairenji as time wore on as she stood in the way of the popular Rito/Lala Satalin Deviluke, Rito/Yui Kotegawa or Rito/Anyone-Other-Than-Haruna ships, really. Addtionally, it didn't help that Haruna is based on Yabuki's ex-wife, who turned out to be an extremely unpleasant and manipulative individual.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse
    • Yui, arguably the more well-received and popular female character of the cast. In one online poll of all the females for the original manga, Yui came in first with at least 50% more votes than the runner-up. Fans love their Tsunderes and Yui fits the archetype better than most other examples in the medium.
    • Rito's female form "Riko"
    • Despite appearing in the late arcs of the original manga, Momo due to particular reasons, so much so that she's promoted to heroine in Darkness.
    • If the Chapter 59 poll of Darkness is any indication, Risa Momioka is just as popular, reaching runner-up among the "girls you want to have as a girlfriend" behind Haruna, despite her having little-to-no screentime in Darkness.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Nemesis in Darkness - a cute, dark-skinned Going Commando girl who's Genre Savvy of her Voluntary Shapeshifting Power Perversion Potential. To top it off, she's even more lustful than Momo!
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The first Animated Adaptation is generally ignored by fans because it is an Adaptation Distillation without following the manga. The "real" adaption starts with Motto To Love-Ru.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment
    • The Not Herself chapter in the first series where Haruna acted like an evil sadist was pretty funny, until the woman whom she was based on, Yabuki's ex-wife, rather than being a sweet Girl Next Door type was actually a hateful, sadistic woman on top of being a philanderer, thief, kidnapper and extortionist. It seemed as if writer Hasemi Saki was trying to tell Yabuki something...
      • The writer probably was: by the time Yabuki knew about it, Yui was written in more and more subsequent chapters and Haruna was written out. Undoubtedly, it's probably what led to Yui's Ensemble Darkhorse status, but one doesn't write out one of two female protagonists (as Haruna was a heroine in the original) in favor of a secondary character without good reason.
  • Growing the Beard: Darkness is seen by many as a jump in quality compared to the original series since it brought about major Character Development for the side-characters surrounding Rito, with criticisms usually being Lala and Haruna get pushed to the side and Rito exists in the sequel just to end up in Ecchi situations. The appearance of Nemesis to serve as a counterpart to Momo made things slightly more interesting, up to and including Nemesis Sharing a Body with Rito.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first chapter of the manga, Lala says, "Even though I have a tail, it doesn't mean I'll transform when I look at the full moon". In J Stars Victory VS, Lala appears as a support character and one of the playable characters is naturally Son Goku. She even has special dialogue with Goku and Vegeta regarding her tail.
  • Idiot Plot: About a hundred of them
  • Incest Yay Shipping: What fuels the fans' pairing Rito and Mikan together are the scenes whenever they're alone, to wit Mikan making a joke about how they're Not Blood Siblings. In-Universe, Momo even includes Mikan in her "Harem Plan".
  • Les Yay
    • Risa and Mio Sawada to every girl.
    • Lala/Haruna: they already love each other the same way as they love Rito, while not having any problems, even with some very close skinship. This is before mentioning the various official art Yabuki has drawn himself (NSFW)).
    • Lala/Yui
    • Yami/Mikan: for God's sake, Chapter 6 of Darkness has Mikan licking and sucking at Yami's nipple. Sure, Mind Control was involved, but that's not why fans cared about the scene.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "To Love-Ru is super interesting."Explanation 
    • "Nobody falls like Rito."Explanation 
  • Moe: Minus that lousy scumbag of a principal and Kenichi Saruyama, everyone else in the cast, Rito/Riko included.
  • One True Threesome: Invoked In-Universe by Lala at the end of first series. After Rito confesses to Lala that he loves both her and Haruna, Lala becomes overjoyed and encourages Rito to get together with Haruna. Lala's real desire is for both Haruna and herself to marry Rito, which will be possible if Rito marries Lala and becomes king of Deviluke, making polygamy possible for him.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Despite being Demoted to Extra in the original manga and the early parts of Darkness (with regards to Yabuki's Creator Breakdown), Haruna is slowly regaining fans; the most recent poll even places her at the top of favorite characters.
  • The Scrappy: The Principal is ugly, fat and a pervert whose only role is simply getting beat up by the female characters whenever he dashes half-naked towards them. While this character should provide what amounts to Comic Relief, the interruptions that occur as a result of him has become increasingly annoying, frustrating and unnecessary, especially when certain scenes that are meant to build drama and tension are instantly cut away by him, often resulting in Mood Whiplash.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Wait: Peke is female?! (re: Chapter 145)
  • The Woobie
    • Aww, poor Yami is just so huggable. She was a happy little girl who live with Tearju, her "mother". But when Tearju plan to run away with her, the Eden organization attempt to kill Tearju forcing her to escape. They say to Yami that Tearju had abandoned her and train her as a weapon. Also after the desctruction of Eden, she has lived alone in the universe before come to Earth. Plus, Eden has also programmade a "Darkness" mode that activates when she comes to accept the mere possibility of being able to live peacefully, turning her into a living weapon of mass destruction to make sure that the universe will never achieve true peace.
    • When you think Oshizu has spent 400 years in that desolate basement, unable to communicate, it's quite harsh too, although she doesn't show it much.
  • Yoko Oh No: Yabuki's ex-wife, who became absolutely loathed after fans found out what caused Yabuki to end the manga before Darkness came along. Yabuki based Haruna on his wife and she was fine with it at first, until at some point she apparently had some form of a breakdown and started making unreasonable demands about the character. In a drawn-out legal battle, Yabuki won the creative rights to Haruna only for the wife to kidnap their daughter and demand money for her return. Yabuki gave in and surrendered a lot to get his daughter back safely. Other stuff followed, culminating in a divorce and the end of the first series. This explains why Darkness pushes Haruna into the backseat while Ensemble Darkhorses Yami, Momo, Yui and Mikan have taken the headlining positions.

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