YMMV: Yowamushi Pedal

  • Accidental Innuendo: This infamous picture of Imaizumi and Onoda.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • Ambiguous Gender: Shinkai's younger brother Yuuto has a deep love for feminine and cute things and wears a girly mask in his introduction. It was asked in an interview if Yuuto identifies as female and Watanabe stated he would address it in the manga, so Yuuto's "official" gender identity is yet to be stated.
  • Audience Reactions:
    • When She Smiles: When Fukutomi smiles during an Omake in the second season.
  • Awesome Music: The third ending song of the first season, Glory Road, performed by the Hakogaku teamís seyuu, is pretty awesome.
  • Cargo Ship: Arakita/Bepsi.
    • Aoyagi/Tire.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Many fans of the series noticed that in Day Two of Interhigh, Hakone had much more prominence than Sohoku (this was mainly due to Sohoku being divided because of Tadokoro not being able to properly start and Onoda going back to retrieve him), some tumblr users have made comments that Hakone "could be confused to be the main characters" during that time period of the series. Once Sohoku catches up, they reclaim their roles as the main protags.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Midousuji.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The fandom has really seemed to take a liking to Midousuji.
    • Makishima is also very popular with the fandom, placing first in the recent popularity poll.
    • Watanabe-sensei himself is popular amongst the fans, placing 10th in the popularity poll.
    • Teshima and Aoyagi are popular with how high their positions are in the poll.
    • The whole Hakone team, but especially Toudou, Arakita, Shinkai and Manami.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Imaizumi loves mentioning that Naruko's fans are mainly guys (Watanabe explains this decision is because Naruko is popular amongst the male readers), and as shown in the third day of Interhigh, while catching Sohoku up to Hakogaku, both the girls and the guys were watching him in awe, almost as if they had fallen for him.
    Male Spectator after Naruko high-fives him: (stares at hand) "I'm gonna root for Sohoku."
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Dadokoro for Tadokoro, due to his Team Dad tendencies. Fans sometimes add Mamakishima to the family.
    • T2 ("team of two" or "team futari" in Japanese fandom) for Teshima and Aoyagi (both the team and the ship).
    • Izumida is, of course, "Abu-kun."
    • Kuroda is "color-swapped Arakita," due to similarities in both design and personality, not to mention the same role in the IH team.
  • Foe Yay: The most popular ones are Makishima/Toudou, Imaizumi/Naruko and Kinjou/Fukutomi.
    • Machimiya/Arakita also counts.
    • When Toudou and Onoda first meet, Toudou tells him he considers him "a 3, visually speaking". After the race, Toudou takes it back and says Onoda has nice eyes, which makes Onoda blush.
    • Very much so between Onoda and Manami. In a conversation with Toudou, Manami calls Onoda's smile "beautiful" and comments that his glasses suit him. Onoda is also rather mesmerized by him, and at times seems distressed by the thought of not going to Interhigh because he wouldn't be able to fulfill his promise with Manami. The vibes go over the roof when Manami pulls Onoda close during the race and asks if he "can feel it too". Arakita even shouts to Manami to stop "whispering with the enemy". These two are not playfully compared to Shinji/Kaworu without reason.
  • Genius Bonus: Izumida names his specs Andy and Frank, which is likely a reference to the professional road bicycle racer Luxembourgish brothers Andy and Frank Schlek.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Midousuji makes the absolute worst noises, especially when contorting his body. He would fit in a horror anime much more than in a sports series.
  • Het Is Ew: Onoda/Miki pairing, hinted in canon, is strangely absent from fan works.
  • Ho Yay: Prominent throughout the series.
    • Aoyagi and Teshima have an almost psychic connection and spend all of their time together.
    • Makishima and Toudou have each other's phone numbers and talk all the time. When a teammate overhears Toudou talking on the phone with him, he asks who "Maki-chan" is and if it's one of his fangirls. He replies with "Something like that".
    • Naruko and Imaizumi's relationship as rivals and friends has some of their situations make a certain kind of fan happy. It's taken up further when on the third day of Interhigh, Naruko collapses after catching Makishima, Onoda and Imaizumi up to Hakone, Imaizumi is so touched by the effort that he swears he'll win the race. But not for himself, or the team, but for Naruko.
    • Socially awkward Makishima is more comfortable around Tadokoro than pretty much anyone else, and they have an easy relationship; if you see one outside of club activities you probably see the other as well. "Tadokorocchi" is also the only person Makishima's nicknamed, and based on his internal thoughts in one omake he finds Tadokoro's "bear" qualities cute.
    • Izumida's behavior towards Shinkai makes it look like he has a crush on him. He admires Shinkai deeply and sees him as a role model, looks very disturbed once Shinkai gets disheartened over his loss to Midousuji, and even describes Shinkai as "beautiful" and "strong".
    • The anime omakes also take Ibitani's admiration of Machimiya Up to Eleven, to the point of having him gushing "Miyaaaaaa!" over everything Machimiya does and even peeking and crying when Machimiya breaks up with his girlfriend.
    • The manga has recently developed the relationship between Midousuji and Naruko, it's catching on so much that in canon, Midousuji imagines Naruko attending Kyoto Fushimi and them being best friends, he is also one of the few people he genuinely respects.
    • In chapter 238 Teshima declines an invitation for karaoke outing with his middle-school friends and a girl he was interested in, the reason being "his heart has already been stolen." He then adds that when he closes his eyes, the only thing that comes to his mind is Onoda. Moreover, the flashback image accompanying this scene is of Teshima hugging Onoda after the Inter-High race.
    • Sugimoto's greatest dream is being an assistant to Imaizumi and sending him towards the goal by pushing his back.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Midousuji. His backstory is very tragic and gives watchers plenty of reasons to pity him, but his present actions often come out as petty and cruel.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Arakita is paired by the fandom with Fukutomi, Kinjou, Shinkai, Machimiya, Kuroda, Toudou, Onoda...
    • Onoda himself, with Onoda/Manami, Onoda/Midousuji, Onoda/Naruko and Onoda/Imaizumi being the most popular pairings.
    • Naruko is paired with quite a few people as well, such as: Imaizumi, Onoda, Tadokoro, Midousuji, Shinkai, Izumida, Miki, and Aya.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Fans often jokingly compare Imaizumi's face to a dorito.
    • Fukutomi's "I AM STRONG."
    • Sugimoto's status as "the most experienced rider."
  • Morality Pet: Onoda can be seen as this for Imaizumi.
    • For Makishima as well. When Tadokoro gets left behind on the second day of the inter-high, Makishima makes the decision to go on without him. Onoda asks Makishima to let him stay behind and help Tadokoro catch up, which he releuctantly agrees to once he sees Onoda's Puppy-Dog Eyes.
  • Narm:
    • The "Abs abs abs" chant from Izumida.
    • THE PACK: the mass of cyclists who failed to get high rankings places on day 2 of the Interhigh and so are now riding as a huge group to ride at a high consistent speed to catch up to the other cyclists... that is played more or less as an unstoppable eldritch horror in the anime.
    • Arakita's withdrawn from the team in the third day of Interhigh can have this kind of effect for some, mostly because his teammates act like he died or something (Manami is especially guilty of this, going to the point of saying Arakita was a great person. In the past tense). But for the majority, it's still a very convincing Tear Jerker moment that crowns his Character Development, so there is a bit of Narm Charm element there.
    • The first race between Kinjou and Fukutomi consist largely of them saying their respective catchphrases ("I am a man that never gives up" and "I am strong"), each other's names, and explaining rules of the race to each other.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Midousuji is Nightmare Fuel incarnate.
  • One True Threesome: Onoda, Naruko, and Imaizumi.
  • Periphery Demographic: With fujoshi, to the point where many are surprised it's a shonen work.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Teshima and Aoyagi losing the training camp challenge and subsequent scenes with Tadokoro comforting them and crying.
    • Midousuji's backstory.
    • Arakita dropping out of the Inter-High on the third day.
    • Naruko wearing out his body to the point of Temporary Blindness and collapsing.
    • Manami tearfully apologizing to his team for losing to Onoda on the last stretch of the Inter-High race.
    • Sugimoto losing the second first-year race to Kaburagi despite training hard for a year and pushing himself so much that even Naruko and Imaizumi cheered for him.
    • Again with Naruko when he returns home to Osaka and has a run in with Midousuji, he gives his all in a race to the point where his nose bleeds and he still loses, Naruko breaks down and cries, because he had to give up being a Sprinter if he lost and become an All-Rounder.
    • Naruko again on the first day of the second Interhigh. He, Midousuji, and Ashikiba are only a small distance from the finish line; all three use the trick Midousuji used to beat Shinkai at the Sprinter's Checkpoint the year prior, and Ashikiba places first followed by Naruko then Midousuji. Naruko keeps on a brave face and feigns that he is okay, but the second he is alone, he collapses and cries.
  • Uncanny Valley: Midousuji's seemingly boneless movement at times.
  • The Woobie: Onoda before joining the team. Friendless until high school...