YMMV / Yuri!!! on Ice

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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Almost all ships with Yurio were eventually dropped through the show, with only Otabek/Yurio remaining.
      • Right at the start of the show, Yurio/Yuri and Yurio/Victor both had a certain following, despite the controversy about their age difference. This changed as it became clearer that Yuri and Victor were the main couple within the show, they had more parental/familiar feelings toward Yurio, and Yurio fell a bit Out of Focus between the "Hot Springs on Ice" challenge and the Rostelecom Cup. The fans almost all moved toward Victor/Yuri. Not even the implications by Episode 12 that Yurio might have been in love with Yuri all along were enough to bring the ships back. At best, the former ship is treated as a guilty pleasure than a mainstream enjoyment, or Yurio's crush on Yuri is just an obstacle to his true love with another character (usually Otabek).
      • J.J./Yurio gained a following during the Rostelecom Cup, which had their fiery dynamic in the spotlight. Plus fans were getting desperate for a potential Yurio love interest, and they didn't like J.J.'s snobby canon fiancée Isabella. Both of those changed in the following two episodes: Otabek was finally introduced as genuine Yurio Ship Tease, and Isabella rooting for J.J. even at his lowest redeemed her in fans' eyes. The ship died off for most after that.
    • Pretty much all ships with Christophe were abandoned when Mystery Man/Masumi showed up in Episode 11, a man who is implied to be Christophe's boyfriend. To be fair, no pairing with him was ever all that popular.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Victor. No matter what side of the fence you're on, you're going to have an opinion about him whether you like it or not. Most people just don't know what he is or is trying to be to Yuri, something even he lampshades in Episode 4. And Yuri's reply of wanting him to just be himself left more opinions up in the air, since we don't know who Victor's real self is.
      • Episode 3 has caused heated debate over Victor as a character and his role in the competition he sets up between the two Yuris. Some fans believe that Victor's behavior towards Yuri — giving him more attention and being more obviously constructive — was clearly biased in comparison to the way he treats Yurio, who's given no concrete instruction, to the extent that some think that he was set up to fail. Meanwhile, others believe that while Yurio had the harder theme to convey, he was given the same opportunity as Yuri and performed well, only failing because he couldn't incorporate his emotions into the routine, which was the entire point of the contest in the first place.
      • Some people started discussing whether Victor is fluent in Japanese, as there are many moments while talking with Yuri and the Hasetsu citizens where he doesn't seem to understand them, though this one is more because of Translation Convention than anything else. The creators, for their part, have stated that Victor and Yuri converse primarily in English.
      • It's possible to interpret that Victor practices, or is interested in, BDSM. The eros outfit that he used when younger was stated to be made in order to summon imagery of BDSM and lingerie. Also in Episode 6, Christophe, who is Victor's Only Friend and possibly aware of Victor's feelings for Yuri and of the former's personal life, passingly refers to Victor as Yuri's "master" (and yes, in that context), implying an interest of Victor in this kind of thing. Victor and Yuri having scenes that involve elements of bondage/submission doesn't help matters either: lace tying, Necktie Leash, I Kiss Your Foot (well, skate), Yuri kneeling in dogeza while talking about how having Victor around is more like having a god than a coach... The list goes on.
    • Yurio's attitude towards Victor and Yuri. It's clear that he feels betrayed by Victor taking off and not fulfilling his promise (although Victor did keep his word and choreographed a program for him). But the debates of the fandom rage on whether he's mad because he's concerned about his senior debut not going as planned thanks to Yuri, or because he also harbors a crush on Victor, considering his reactions every time he sees Yuri and Victor share a romantic moment.
      • Other fans speculate that he wanted to compete against Victor — which Victor even lampshades himself — albeit Victor's departure from the sport made that impossible, therefore he blames Yuri for it and also resents Victor for essentially abandoning his career. Some fans even guess that the reason why he mocked their engagement to Victor's face was because it served as the final straw (or the ultimate sign that Victor is never returning to the sport), leading Yurio to lash out the way he did.
      • There's also the issue about who he's actually angry at. His scene with Yuri on Episode 9 implies that he doesn't hate or dislike Yuri at all, or has already gotten past his grudge against him, and is mad only at Victor, only speaking badly about Yuri in Episode 10 in an attempt to get a rise out of Victor.
      • Or he is pissed at both of them and the time he acted nice to Yuri was an Out-of-Character Moment for him and had only happened because he scored higher than Yuri that time around, and he would've acted differently if that wasn't the case. Episode 11 strongly hints towards this, since he still continues to take jabs at Yuri's self-esteem, as if the events of Episode 9 didn't happen at all.
      • Another party theorized that Yurio actually admires Yuri, and the reason why he acted the way he did in Episode 1 was because he attempted to bring Yuri out of his slump, albeit ended up snapping at him after hearing his breakdown, and that his kindness towards Yuri in Episode 9 is genuine. Additionally, the same party believe that the reason why Yurio suddenly became resentful again after Yuri and Victor got engaged was because he has a crush on Yuri and not on Victor, even adding that while his actions are still unjustified, he doesn't actually mean to hurt Yuri's feelings. Word of God even hints at it, and Episode 12 confirms, at least, that Yurio feels agape for Yuri.
    • After Episode 11, J.J.. There has been some discussion about how much of his confidence is there to serve as self-reassurance to keep himself from being pressured, and whether his attempts to socialize with the other skaters being shot down led to him seeing the other skaters as exaggeratedly cruel figures during his anxiety attack.
    • After Episode 12, Yuri himself. Many people had pegged him as an Unreliable Narrator with anxiety problems, but ultimately a good person. In some interviews, Kubo had pegged him as a somewhat cold person and kind of a terrible friend, which gets emphasized when he acts aloof to Minami in Episode 4 and subtly pushes the blame to Victor when he cries about Yuri's sudden declaration to break off their professional relationship.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: A lot of people — while not necessarily expecting the anime to be a flop — were expecting it to have an average run during the Fall 2016 season, especially since it was an anime original that centered around an unconventional sport, and it was already flanked by two dude-centric anime from wildly popular franchises (Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru and the fourth season of Uta No Prince Sama). And now, seven months after the last episode of the first season aired, it's become the fourth best-selling anime of the last seventeen years in terms of raw Blu-ray/DVD sales unadjusted for boxsets (which haven't been released as of this writing), and launched itself as a franchise worth billions of yen. It didn't just succeed, it blew the competition out of the water.
  • Ass Pull: Yurio winning gold and J.J. placing higher than Otabek in the Grand Prix Finals are analyzed as being grossly over-scored by the fandom. See Broken Base and Fandom Berserk Button for the explanations.
  • Awesome Art:
    • Though the art and animation aren't always of consistent quality, there are some very noteworthy instances of Animation Bump, especially during the figure skating scenes (Yuri and Victor's simultaneous performances of "Stay Close to Me" in the first episode is probably the biggest highlight in this regard). It helps that the figure skating routines in this anime were choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto, a former ice skater who is now a choreographer and coach.
    • The entire opening sequence is practically flawless from beginning to end. Kudos to the key animator for doing it single-handedly within two weeks.
    • The OVA for Yurio's exhibition skate "Welcome to The Madness" is roughly three minutes of pure animated eye candy. It's film-quality from beginning to end, and no sequences in the series proper (aside from the opening) match it in terms of stylishness or attention to detail.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Some fans' opinions of Victor took a one-eighty after Episode 3 aired because of the way he treats Yurio. While some viewers consider the contest fair, others believe that Victor, deliberately or not, rigged the entire thing to ensure that Yuri would win by giving Yurio the harder theme and not giving enough concrete advice. This came off to a lot of fans as selfishly dismissing a fifteen-year-old he'd made a promise to for the sake of getting what he wanted: inspiration for his own routines through working with Yuri, landing him squarely in asshole territory (although he did keep his promise to Yurio, since the agreement was that he would choreograph a program for him, not to be his coach). A further subset of fans thinks that while he may have been biased, there's still Character Development potential in him and that his good qualities outweigh his bad ones.
      • This quickly died down after the revelations in Episode 10 wherein Victor has been in love with Yuri this whole time, having fallen for him during their Forgotten First Meeting at last year's Grand Prix banquet and therefore had no ulterior motives other than to pursue his affections for Yuri (which are eventually reciprocated) and fulfilling Yuri's request of him to become his coach. And as mentioned above, Victor already delivered on his promise with Yurio and was not obligated to become Yurio's coach in the first place.
    • Everyone's got an opinion about Christophe — either he's sexy and his routines make for great comic relief, or he's creepy as hell. Also consider how broken the fandom is over how much of the animation budget for Episode 6 went solely to his ass. This has mostly died down after Episode 10 shows him in a more positive light as Victor's friend. The reveal about the banquet also made Christophe grabbing Yuri's butt a bit less creepy. It's nothing after naked pole-dancing together, and Christophe likely had a mistaken idea about their friendship from that.
    • J.J. — you have a portion of fans who find his character obnoxiously narcissistic and see him as little more than a Jerk Ass, while others enjoy his Awesome Ego and appreciate him for being the antithesis of a stereotypical apologetic Canadian. Similar to Episode 10 for Christophe, Episode 11 made him more well-received by fans.
    • For a side character, Anya can be pretty divisive between fans who think Georgi is too good for her and that she's a bitch, and fans who think she is a strong girl for going after the one she loves and not having to owe Georgi anything due to his grief over their break-up.
    • Yurio is the biggest offender of this trope. People either love him because of the way he is or they hate him for it. After the events of Episode 10, people are divided even further as him being a kid is being tossed around as an excuse for his outright rudeness towards Victor and Yuri while others think that he's gone too far. It gets even more jarring to see this kind of behavior after his heartwarming moment with Yuri in Episode 9, which doesn't even reflect on his actions in the next episode. His actions in Episode 11 aren't helping as his condescending attitude seem to have sunken down to a new low with his subtly derisive insults towards Yuri even after the latter visibly breaks down on the ice and scores lower than expected during his short program, ranking only at fourth place.
      • Simply put, he's so divisive that he has three types of fans: those who like him and disregard all his flaws, hand-waving it as a result of hormonal urges brought on by his age; those who dislike him due to his cruel and unsportsmanlike behavior; and those who like his overall character but dislike his personality and acknowledge that he can go too far and that nothing justifies his actions or his attitude. And then there's a fourth party who are entirely neutral about him because they simply no longer care.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: As one person claims: "It's homolust with skating as window dressing." Though the skating sequences can be noteworthy and the team behind the anime has clearly Shown Their Work when it comes to the sport, what most people tend to associate with it are the high amounts of Ho Yay and how the boys milk their sex appeal for everything they've got.
  • Broken Base:
    • In regards to the fanservice. Half the viewers are more than okay with it and regard it as an extra treat that doesn't distract from the story. The other half are frustrated with it (no, not that way) and state that it doesn't add anything to the plot or the characters. Basically, it comes down to two fronts — those who originally came for the Cast Full of Pretty Boys, and those who originally came to watch a sports anime about ice skating.
    • There's also a divide on whether Yuri/Yurio is a morally defensible ship, with one party being fifteen and the other twenty-three.
    • As expected, the English dub. While there's very little complaint about the voices or the acting themselves (in particular, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who dislikes Josh Grelle's Yuri), Funimation's decision to give Victor and Yurio Russian accents has the fanbase split in half. Some enjoy the Adorkable flair it gives the characters and think that it makes sense because, well, they're both Russian. Others think the accents are just plain hammy and make it hard to take any of the scenes they're in seriously. At the very least, all fans agree that the accents are more or less decent/passable when compared to J.J.'s English voice.
    • Yurio's presence in the story. Despite technically being one of the titular characters, a lot of fans have taken to viewing him as the awkward third-wheel in the main character lineup given the brevity of his appearances in the later episodes and the minimal attention his storyline gets after Episode 3, feeling he would have been better placed in a different series or in a season of his own. Others don't mind the diverging storylines or the comparative lack of paced development he receives, either because they approve of the decision to put narrative focus on Yuri and Victor, or believe that had he stayed in Japan he would have been flanderized as The Baby of the Bunch and his arc would have received none of the progression it otherwise would have, or some combination of both. Though as the latter half of the show came out, many started to think that Yurio's emotional immaturity and angry outbursts already pegged him as the "young" character, and not in a good way; to some, he stood out among the more reasonably level-headed adults in the cast. Another set of fans feel that he would've been better if he was cast as a side character instead, given that besides posing as another challenger for Yuri and keeping him from winning gold (which is already a Broken Base for many fans), he doesn't have much involvement in the plot as a main character.
    • Raise your hand if you're part of the section of the fandom who thought too much of the animation budget for Episode 6 went towards Christophe's ass. There's also Christophe grabbing Yuri's ass; to some fans it came off as Christophe's funny Establishing Character Moment and to others, it was an absolutely repulsive harassment. The latter issue soon dropped after Episode 10 came out, due to the reveal that both Yuri and Christophe pole-danced together before and were wearing only their underwear at the time, and Christophe thought Yuri remembered what happened.
    • Currently, the biggest source of fandom drama: the Otabek/Yurio ship. Due to their age difference (Otabek is 18 and Yurio is 15), a lot of shippers are accused of pedophilia. Fans point out that their age difference is roughly only 2 years (a month before they meet, Otabek was 17 and Yurio would be 16 in about 4 months), and 16 is the age of consent in both Russia and Kazakhstan.
    • Even though the entire fandom is elated over the fact that Yuri and Victor are engaged, there continues to be an increasingly heated debate over one little detail: did Yuri buy only one engagement ring and Victor had already purchased a similar kind beforehand, or did Yuri buy a pair of engagement rings? While one-half of the fandom doesn't care either way, the other half isn't willing to drop it so easily. This finally came to a stop when Word of God confirms that Yuri purchased both rings.
    • Yuri winning the Grand Prix Finals versus Yurio winning. In Yuri's case, fans cite the win as a major setback in writing, as while the show has been decent in keeping cliches out of the writing, the win and what comes afterwards (marriage) would set the whole thing up with not only a cliche in sports anime (dying starlet comes back from the brink), but a fairytale ending included (Yuri wins, gets married to Victor and everyone lives happily ever after). In Yurio's case it's less about cliches and more about how he was handled as a character; after his less-than-pleasant interactions with the cast, especially after Episodes 10 and 11, a win in his case would boost his ego more than anything and make him gain nothing from all of the stuff he's been put through that year, while a loss (or at least not getting gold) would give him a slice of Humble Pie and make him work for the gold next season. Anyone else winning is perfectly acceptable, just as long as it's someone the fans care about.
      • Lo and behold, in the last episode, Yurio does win, but only by a very slim margin against Yuri. He retains his Character Development — his final performance was driven by Victor dropping the bombshell of Yuri's possible retirement. Yurio's efforts in winning gold is an expression of agape, motivating Yuri to rethink his decision by making him regret giving up.
    • More than anything, the final episode. Even with a sequel coming soon, many fans complain that the ending is rushed, unsatisfying, anticlimactic, and doesn't provide a proper resolution to anything to make the series impart a sense of closure. Other fans state that while some plot points could have been done a lot better and there are still a lot of things that need to be resolved, it doesn’t change the fact that there will be a sequel to take care of it, and that the finale is still fulfilling in its own right. They even state that the other fans are disappointed because they expected too much, and point out that despite the romance between Victor and Yuri being a major plot element, it's still a sports anime and there are several other competitions held in the figure skating season, which means that the Grand Prix isn't the end-all-be-all of the story. Other fans find consolation in the fact that, with the writers intending the ending to have Yuri not win the gold medal, had no choice but to perform an Ass Pull to make said outcome possible, because there was no plausible way Yuri would lose — thereby essentially admitting that Yuri is a better skater than Yurio.
    • There is also the fact that J.J. won bronze over Otabek in the Grand Prix Final, despite Otabek performing both routines perfectly while J.J. had a dismal short program and made a few mistakes in his free skate. While J.J.'s free skate score was possible due to his program being much more difficult than Otabek's, his short program score should not have been possible. Overall, the fandom is split between those who are okay with J.J. winning bronze, since he had more Character Development, and those who believe Otabek should have won.
    • Victor's decision in Episode 12 to continue skating and being Yuri's coach. While everyone's excited to see Victor compete once again, you have more than one fan saying that his decision is a horrible idea, considering that he's already nearing retirement and with having to act both as a coach and a competitor, he has too much to carry on his plate in both his professional and his private life. Essentially, he wants to have his cake and eat it, too. However, those invested in the skating part see potential in the conflict between Yuri and Victor competitively, and people have been clamoring for him to get further Character Development than what they got in the first cour.
    • Do you spell Victor's name with a "c", or with a "k"? And yes, it's that heated. See Fandom Berserk Button below.
    • Yurio's exhibition skate. Since it's obviously designed as further Ship Tease for Otabek/Yurio, reactions tend to reflect how people feel about that ship. Of course, some are just unnerved by Yurio being sexualized—or, alternately, very turned on by that. Still others find it funny, in how it reflects Yurio as a rebellious teenager constantly trying to be "edgier." However, all sides more or less agree that the animation is very well done.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • In terms of characters:
      • Yuri and Victor to Shinji and Kaworu, respectively. Aside from the obvious physical similarities, we also have their relationships, though the former pairing is in a far more idealistic setting.
      • Victor to Tamaki Suoh, both are flirtatious, princely and well-known for their charm, but are also prone to becoming Adorkable oddballs who spend good chunks of their time with their heads in the clouds. They're also both heavily interested in shy, awkward, glasses-wearing characters who are way more down-to-earth than them.
      • Christophe has been jokingly described as Handsome Squidward.
      • In the same vein, Georgi Popovich has been compared to Spongebob. His hilarious makeup and gratuitous Wangsting also made many people liken him to Derek Zoolander. In addition, his outfit for his free skate drew comparisons to Elsa.
      • Yurio is starting to draw comparisons to Gladion, due to their strikingly similar appearances, personalities and their role as a fierce rival to the main protagonist of their respective works.
      • Yurio and Kei Tsukishima are similar and different in many ways. They have the same Japanese voice actor, blond hair, often butt heads with the protagonist of their respective series, were a lot nicer when they were younger, show their softer side to a family member (Yurio to his grandfather and Tsukishima to his brother), and have rather unpleasant personalities (though Tsukishima is the lesser of the two evils, as he's mostly The Gadfly with a good dash of Deadpan Snarker while Yurio actually crosses the line a few times). How do they differ? Yurio is hot-headed and extremely arrogant while Tsukishima is even-tempered and has a bit of an Inferiority Superiority Complex, Yurio had no friends when he was introduced while Tsukishima already has one, and while Yurio is always driven to win and is willing to go through hell to achieve his goals, Tsukishima suffers from Dismotivation and believes that Hard Work Hardly Works.
      • Other fans have also pointed out some comparisons between Yurio and Rin Matsuoka, since they both are Hot-Blooded and competitive, have similar hairstyles and hair-lengths, are set up as a rival to the main character of their respective anime, have a close friend who's a stoic and dark-haired character sharing the same voice actor, and are formally introduced in the series with a metal guitar riff.
    • Regarding the anime itself:
      • Yuri!!! on Ice is often compared to Steven Universe, since both series are noteworthy for appearing to portray LGBT+ themes, racial diversity, and other topics in a mature and positive light.
      • Some fans compare the anime to Hannibal, as both series feature the main leads sharing copious amounts of sexual tension, which is eventually resolved when said main leads become an Official Couple (Will with Hannibal and Yuri with Victor). Not to mention, Hannibal and Victor slightly share a physical resemblance, and both series love using parallels regarding their progressing relationship with their respective love interests. However, those are the only similarities they share, since while Victor and Yuri's romance is loving and good for both of them, Hannibal and Will's relationship is the epitome of a Destructive Romance.
  • Crack Ship:
    • Many with Yurio. He has been shipped with many skaters that haven't interacted with him, with Minami as an example.
    • A few fans have decided to ship J.J. and Seung-Gil.
    • Phichit gets a fair amount of this as well, often being paired with Seung-Gil despite the two never interacting on screen, and with Christophe after they didn't do much more than sit next to each other. Surprisingly, he doesn't often get shipped with Guang-Hong (whose official profile says that he admires Phichit), likely because in the anime itself Guang-Hong has more chemistry with Leo.
  • Creator Worship: To the writer Mitsurou Kubo and, to a lesser extent, the director Sayo Yamamoto.
    • There has even been fandom drama over the relative lack of focus on Yamamoto among the fandom compared to Kubo, especially since Yamamoto already had a strong cult following among older female anime fans for her previous series Michiko & Hatchin and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. It was resolved by pointing out that Kubo is more active on social media, thereby making her more visible to fans who weren't familiar with Yamamoto's previous work.
    • Yamamoto seems to have received more of this as she's done more interviews and appeared at conventions since the show wrapped, especially after a comment about how she had to fight to include the famous kiss scene in Episode 7.
  • Die for Our Ship: Briefly happened to Milla, Sara and Isabella during the show's run.
    • Milla and Sara were believed to be canon threats to Victor/Yuri. Some fans believed that the show would be just teasing about their relationship and ultimately utilize Milla and Sara to prove that both main characters were straight, with Milla ending up with Victor and Sara with Yuri. Comparisons between Sara and a girl in Yuri's college who was implied to have a crush on him didn't help. However, after it became extensively clear that Victor and Yuri were the show's Official Couple as well as the growing popularity of Milla/Sara, this quickly died down.
    • Isabella was initially viewed as The Scrappy after her introduction put a damp on the Yurio/J.J. ship, which was at the time a Fan-Preferred Couple, as well as coming off as a Jerkass. She earned more good will later after supporting J.J. when he flubbed his short program at the Grand Prix Finals, and Yurio/J.J. was abandoned with fans migrating to Otabek/Yurio.
  • Discredited Meme: The "More like Yaoi on Ice" meme eventually became this due to being repeated so many times. It also likely has to do with the Fandom Berserk Button of referring to the series as a Yaoi Genre work when it technically isn't one despite the two male leads being an Official Couple.
  • Ear Worm: The ending theme, "You Only Live Once", has a catchy electronic beat that's hard to get out of your head once you hear it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Milla, the female redhead skater first seen in Episode 2 in Yurio's rink, who attracted a lot of fans on account of her stoic beauty alone. In Episode 4, it's revealed that she actually isn't stoic at all, but fans still liked her for how she teases Yurio and casually lifts him above her head like it's nothing.
    • Phichit has gathered quite a nice fanbase for being an Adorkable Nice Guy.
    • Christophe's overblown sexuality (this man literally orgasms on the ice in an internationally-televised competition, and more than once at that) won him as many fans as it put people off him, though the fandom's reception of him got better after Episode 10.
    • Georgi gets a lot of material on him not because he's attractive or a nice person, but, interestingly, just because of how hilariously over-the-top he is. He's also the only male skater so far completely uninvolved in any amount of Ho Yay, which makes fans joke about him being the token straight character.
    • Leo de la Iglesia is also quite popular, due to his Mexican heritage and being an aversion of the typical blonde, blue-eyed American common in anime.
    • Jean-Jacques Leroy immediately became popular after Episode 8 due to his looks, his Awesome Ego, and the fact that he's voiced by Mamoru Miyano.
    • Sara Crispino gathered a lot of fans due to her beauty, insights about her very complicated relationship with her brother that points out her depth as a character and the growing popularity of the Crack Ship Milla/Sara.
    • Seung-Gil Lee was already fairly popular before he made his proper debut due to his good looks and the fact that he's Korean, and Episode 8 just heightened his popularity even more.
    • Emil Nekola gained the attention of fans due to his uncanny resemblance to PewDiePie. He became even more well-liked due to being one of the friendliest skaters in the cast besides Phichit.
    • Otabek Altin became very popular, even with his late introduction, by saving Yurio from rabid fangirls, telling him he admires him, asking to be his friend and then becoming Yurio's first friend. A lot of it is amplified by shipping fuel, with them looking very happy in a restaurant together, when both are described as not being super friendly overall.
    • After Episode 11, Isabella got a lot of love and positivity from the fandom. Quite impressive for someone who started out as The Scrappy before being redeemed.
    • The unnamed man who appeared in Episode 11 and is affiliated with Christophe in some way is surprisingly popular.

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  • Fandom Berserk Button: You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a fan who has a nitpick or two about the anime.
    • Fans have become sick and tired of people comparing Real Life skater Yuzuru Hanyu to Yuri. This is especially true when, despite them both being Japanese, Hanyu's career trajectory so far is more similar to Victor's. The last straw came when the former's Wikipedia page was vandalized to have Yuri's info in his bio.
    • Fans were also very vocal about their disapproval should Victor/Yuri not have become canon, either explicitly or even canon by implication. This is especially true for the LGBT Fanbase, especially if they are anime fans and familiar with the large amount of queerbaiting in sports anime. Episodes 7 — the Big Damn Kiss — and 10 — their engagement — did a lot to mollify nearly all of these fans, but the show was never as direct as Western LGBT media typically is, so there's still some lingering debate among the stragglers who don't believe they're a couple.
    • The series also heavily foreshadowed the end of Yuri's career and Victor eventually leaving him, something else the fandom isn't exactly happy about. Episode 9 eased the issue, as the ending of the episode makes clear that Victor does not wish to leave Yuri as much as Yuri doesn't want him to leave, but the likeliness of Yuri's career ending is still there. Episode 12 nullified the aforementioned concerns completely: Yuri will continue competing with Victor as his coach and as his rival. Unfortunately, the way it was resolved has resulted in another issue entirely.
    • Yuri/Yurio for some fans, largely because of Victor/Yuri being heavily hinted within the series and preferred by the fandom. The fact that they actually become an Official Couple doesn't help. Although after Episode 12, the ship has been gradually increasing in popularity due to The Reveal that Yurio has always admired Yuri, and may or may not also have a crush on him. Although the ship is still greatly overshadowed by Otabek/Yurio, and is still a sore spot for some fans, the hate around it has died down.
    • There are a fair share of fans who'll get really angry if you spell Victor's name with a "k" instead of a "c" — and vice versa. Only very few fans have no gripes about either spelling.
    • Don't try to imply that Victor's sexuality is anything other than homosexual. Even just claiming that he's bisexual or pansexual will tick off a lot of fans. The same goes on an even worse level with Yuri, who has canon support for being bisexual (the implication that he had a crush on Yuko in the past, which obviously never went anywhere since she's now married and has kids). So much as dare to bring up that support, and you'll be met with a slew of fans screaming that "HE WAS JUST ADMIRING HER! HE WAS NEVER EVER IN LOVE WITH HER!" The way the vitriol against "bisexual!Yuri" gets worded, it usually seems to suggest that the fans are worried that Yuri having even the slightest attraction to women will somehow ruin his relationship with Victor... a viewpoint that is extremely problematic to say the least note .
    • Comparing Yuri!!! on Ice with Free!. See Fandom Rivalry below.
    • Call Yuri!!! on Ice a yaoi or shounen-ai anime. We dare you. (Especially by calling it Yaoi on Ice.) This has a lot to do with the tropes generally found in the Yaoi Genre having Unfortunate Implications for actual LGBT+ people, meaning Yuri!!! on Ice appealed to a lot of them who normally dislike yaoi works.
    • Anyone who thinks that Victor and Yuri's relationship is purely platonic will inevitably be mocked by the fandom. Given the events of Episodes 7-9, it will probably be well-deserved. However, as of the events of Episode 10, it will be hard now to find people still saying that their relationship is platonic.
    • Many fans expressed about how they won't be pleased if the series ends with Yuri not winning first place at the Grand Prix Finals, believing that it would make the all the development he had undergone amount to nothing. After Episode 11, with Yurio leading in the short program by 118.56 and Yuri ranking fourth with a score of 97.83, fans fear that it would now take a miracle for Yuri to beat the odds and win gold.
      • In light of this, after careful analysis of the scores, the fact that Yuri only scored 97.83 should have been impossible as he should have scored much higher than even Christophe because of the technical difficulty of his short program. This post explains why he should have scored much higher than what he got. It doesn't help that, according to this post Yurio was significantly overscored.
      • Additionally, part of the fandom has also shown their anger at the possibility of Yurio winning the gold medal instead of Yuri, since they believe that it would be a step backwards and not forward for the former's Character Development, especially when his behavior is shown at its nastiest in Episode 11 after he scored first place in the short program, even surpassing Victor's world record, which undoubtedly boosted his ego to insufferable heights.
      • Come Episode 12, Yurio beats Yuri by 0.12 points, which is a very small margin but many are not amused with this, given the fact that Yurio was being overscored and Yuri was somewhat underscored.
    • Avex Pictures' abrupt decision to ban the selling of their products overseas, especially for the fans living outside Japan, since they're now unable to purchase a copy of the DVDs; and even if they find a copy on the international markets, it's sold at a higher price.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • At the start, with Keijo!!!!!!!!, of all things. They both aired in the same season, both centered around unusual sports anime topics (with Keijo!!!!!!!! not even being a real life professional sport), and both have tons of fanservice. The official Keijo!!!!!!!! Twitter even fueled the fire a bit, playfully calling their show the best sports anime on land, air, or on ice.
    • An ugly one with Free!, as the two shows share the distinction of being unexpected hits, being a sports anime, and having Ho Yay in the cast interactions. If one series shows up while the other is being discussed, expect both sides to start arguing about who did what better.
    • One definitely arose with No. 6 after Episode 7 aired. Whenever someone mentions Yuri!!! on Ice being groundbreaking for making the main leads into a canon pairing, expect a No. 6 fan to point out that Nezumi and Shion's relationship was established in a similar way several years earlier. Of course, some fans on either side try to defuse the conflict by saying that Yuri!!! on Ice is the first mainstream anime to have a canonical gay male romance between its leading pair. No.6 is well-known among the LGBT+ community and yaoi/BL circles despite being marketed as a sci-fi dystopia, but, for various reasons, the show never picked up the same momentum outside of the mentioned demographics. Yuri!!! on Ice, on the other hand, managed to amass an insane amount of popularity before Episode 7 even aired, and the kiss only doubled it.
    • Thanks to an Award Snub incident with them, there's another rivalry going on with the Jojos Bizarre Adventure fandom, especially with the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable portion.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • When the anime itself referred to Otabek rescuing Yurio from his crazed fans as "The Hero of Kazakhstan takes away the Russian Fairy", this sparked a lot of fanart and fanfics depicting them in a fantasy setting, with Yurio as a fairy and Otabek as a knight and both eventually falling in love with each other.
    • J.J. imagines the five other competitors as a sort of Five-Bad Band during his mental breakdown in the middle of his short program and it gave people the need for a Mean Girls AU. The fact that Yurio stands at the forefront like he's Regina George and Yuri is portrayed as a vampy Femme Fatale only cements the cravings.
    • A lot of fans have been listing down the countless possible reasons as to why Victor, who was a Long-Haired Pretty Boy when he was younger, decided to cut his hair.
    • The anime itself became one, as, due to it's popularity, drawing or writing characters of several other shows in a figure skating AU became increasingly popular.
  • Fanon:
    • Plenty of people like to think that Christophe wants to sleep with Victor or Yuri. Or both. There's also an almost unanimous belief that, at one point or another in the past, Christophe and Victor have slept together.
    • While Victor and Chris are shown to be friends and have a history together in the show, the "best friends who are always calling each other and asking for advice on their relationships" part is largely invented by the fandom. In particular, a lot of fanworks suggest that Victor confided in Christophe about his feelings for Yuri after the banquet. To a certain degree, this is also true of how fanworks interpret Yuri's friendship with Phichit; while they do consider each other their best friends, Yuri seemingly didn't call Phichit for months after he left Detroit, and first does it in order to ask a favor.
    • Some fans tend to theorize that besides Yuri grinding on Victor in Episode 10, they had a one night stand afterwards, or came close to it, since it would cause Victor's unusually forward manner of displaying physical affection (which can get a little overboard at times) to make much more sense.
    • There's a pretty intense fan discussion about whether the Big Damn Kiss was Yuri and Victor's actual first kiss or just their first public kiss. Given Yuri's increasingly receptive and comfortable attitude toward Victor's handsier and more flirtatious behavior, especially in public (like Victor getting half-naked and basically molesting Yuri after too many drinks before the Cup of China), some fans have speculated that they were already in a sexual relationship several episodes before their official Relationship Upgrade. It doesn't help that with a bit more knowledge of Japanese, it's clear that several commentators and other skaters already think the two are involved.
    • Many fans believe that Yuri was a virgin before his Relationship Upgrade with Victor. Several characters in the show tease him about his lack of a love life, so it wouldn't be that surprising.
      • Fans at least generally agree that Victor was his first serious relationship. Those who don't see Yuri as a virgin tend to think he got it out of his system through drunken one-night stands or friends-with-benefits type situations (possibly with Phichit). This seems supported by the teasing Yuri gets about his lack of relationship experience.
    • While Victor confirms that he had previous relationships, a lot of fans think Yuri is his first serious relationship or at least, his first time falling in love. The latter seems to be supported by Victor talking about "neglecting life and love for 20 years" in episode 10.
    • There are several fans (with some merit) who like to portray Phichit as a Shipper on Deck to Victor/Yuri which actually becomes canon considering his reaction to their engagement in Episode 10. To a lesser degree, some fans believe he and Yuri had a romantic and/or sexual involvement while they were roommates or that Phichit had a crush on Yuri.
    • A lot of people believe that Yurio calls, or will call, Otabek by the nickname "Beka", a common nickname in Kazakhstan for men with names finishing in "bek". Similarly, people believe that when he grows older, his hair will become increasingly longer, possibly even with some braids and will grow taller than Otabek. Similarly, some believe that Otabek would call Yurio "Yura" or "Yuratchka".
    • Yuri is often portrayed as a Sex God in fanworks, probably due to a combination of his eros persona, his Launcher of a Thousand Ships status, Victor's mention of his stamina, and of course, the pole-dancing.
    • Fans tend to agree that after their careers end, the most likely thing is that Yuri would start teaching skating for young kids while Victor would start coaching older kids. To a lesser degree a lot of people believe they'll have two kids, possibly twins.
    • A lot of people have become more and more interested in the idea that Victor and Lev Haiba are related, due to the fact that they're both Russian (half in Lev's case), and have short, light gray/silver hair. It helps that the the fandoms of both series are good friends (see Friendly Fandoms below).
    • Some fans believe that Yuri has some issues related to his weight and some self image issues whenever this is brought up, though fans like to believe that Victor finds Yuri's chubby body either adorable or sexy. Eventually, it's revealed that Victor finds it to be the former.
    • It's fairly common in the Japanese fandom to portray Yurio as an older brother figure towards the Nishigori triplets, since he's already friends with their mother Yuko (and this is partly fueled by Yuko texting Yurio a photo of both of them with the triplets in Episode 4).
    • It's often theorized that Mari used to take ballet lessons from Minako but lost interest, leading Minako to teach Yuri instead.
    • Once it was revealed that Otabek had previously trained in Canada and the U.S., a lot of fans speculated that he might have been friends or, at least, known or shared a rink with J.J. Official material confirmed this, although it also mentioned that they drifted apart over the years.
    • While this may go into WMG territory, several fans claim that the Barcelona Grand Prix Final was rigged, since the official material containing the scores to the characters' programs (particularly with Yuri and Yurio) do not match up to the scores shown in the series, and there is no way that it could have been a mistake on the writers' part.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • J.J./Yurio was this for a bit even after the introduction of J.J.'s girlfriend Isabella, who shared his arrogance. It died down both when Isabella showed her sweeter side (supporting J.J. after his disastrous GPF short program) and when Otabek was introduced and overtook J.J. as the fandom's preferred Yurio love interest.
    • Christophe is shown to be close with a nameless man who may or may not be his boyfriend, but their relationship is rarely found in fanfiction other than as a secondary couple. When Christophe is the focus, it's way more common for fans to pair him with Phichit or other major characters.
  • Fetish Retardant: Christophe's character was supposed to ooze sex appeal, especially during his performance in Episode 6, but to some fans, he just came off as hilariously over-the-top and/or downright creepy instead of sexy.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • In the west, the fandom of Check, Please! grew to love Yuri!!! on Ice, prompting a lot of crossover fanworks. Both series focus on Queer Romance and sports that take place on an ice rink, though Yuri!!! on Ice focuses on ice skating and Check, Please! focuses on ice hockey. In fact, the main character of Check, Please!, Bitty, is a former ice skater and the other main character, Jack, also suffers from anxiety problems similar to Yuri's. Interestingly, the creator of Check, Please! is a fan of Yuri!!! on Ice, even posting on her twitter:
    "Watching Yuri On Ice: can't let gays on ice distract me from writing about gays on ice."
    • The manhwa Killing Stalking has, inexplicably, a large amount of Yuri!!! on Ice fans among its fandom, despite (or perhaps because of) being the complete opposite of the anime in terms of its genre (psychological horror vs. sports drama) and the nature of the relationship between its leads (abusive to the highest degree vs. sweet and consensual).
    • Both Yuri!!! on Ice fans and Haikyuu!! fans get along really well. It helps that many characters from both series share the same voice actors, and are both the most popular sports anime that aired in the Fall season.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Yuri turning down Victor when he asks him for them to sleep together. Victor cries a bit while he sleeps, and it seems like he is being overdramatic, but with Episode 10 revealing about their Forgotten First Meeting, to Victor the entire situation was actually him being turned down by the guy he was interested in.
    • The other skaters leaving their party as soon as J.J. showed up was a funny moment in Episode 10. However, after Episode 11, when J.J. has an anxiety attack on the ice from the pressure and has a mental image that portrays the other skaters as threatening and intimidating , one might see that scene from his perspective as being purposely isolated and ignored by the others.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Jerry Jewell is a well-regarded voice actor; albeit his role as Victor leaves fans very divided (even though it's mostly the choice to add an accent, and not his voice, that the detractors find an issue with). However, everyone agrees that he did an excellently heartbreaking job with Victor's breakdown in Episode 12.
    • Toshiyuki Toyonaga has already been lauded in some of his previous roles, specifically in Zetsuen no Tempest due to immensely Playing Against Type. While his overall performance as Yuri is also impressive, he was highly praised particularly for the way he acted out Yuri's emotional outburst in Episode 7.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Episode 10 shows that before Yuri, Victor was a workaholic who never did much living or loving, and strongly implies that he has been interested in Yuri ever since the Grand Prix Final of the prior year. By rewatching the anime with this light, it's clear that all the times Victor was being The Tease to Yuri, he was actually hitting on him. In fact, the entirety of Yuri and Victor's relationship is this after Episode 10.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • J.J. wearing an outfit resembling Eric Cartman's Iconic Outfit, when just a week earlier the show itself referenced the anime by having it appear on the browsing history of Ike's computer.
    • In the English dub, Yuri, voiced by Josh Grelle, soon enters in a romantic relationship with a man named Victor... and if you played Tales of Xillia 2, the protagonist's name is Ludger — who has the same voice actor as Yuri and also has an evil counterpart of himself named Victor.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Between the claims of the show being revolutionary for a sports anime and the positive press the show received from the figure skating and LGBT+ communities, mainstream watchers, and many critics, some viewers come out of the whole experience with different criticisms for how the show was handled or thinking the show, while good, comes off as overhyped.
    • Crunchyroll's voter-chosen 2016 Anime Awards only added fuel to the fire, with Yuri!!! on Ice winning almost every category it was nominated in. A large number of people call bias to it, stating if the show had aired earlier in the year and not right before the polls, the winners might have been more balanced.
      • Some had argued that while the votes are indeed biased because Yuri!!! on Ice aired late in the year, then the same rule would apply for any other popular anime that would air in the Fall season, which is when the Anime Awards would normally start (e.g. if Re:Zero aired in the Fall season and Yuri!!! on Ice aired in the Summer season, then the former would have dominated the polls the same way the latter did). They added to that argument, stating that the detractors wouldn't complain about the results if the likes of Boku No Hero Academia and Re:Zero won all the categories instead.
    • The flame wars got even worse when it was eventually announced that Yuri!!! on Ice won the "Anime of the Year" award. Look up at your own risk.
      • The fact that the series won the "Best Animation" award above the uniquely animated Mob Psycho 100 is a particular spot of contention for some fans. While Yuri!!! on Ice is by no means bad-looking, it has a rather standard art style and level of animation, and its quality significantly dropped mid-cour. Mob Psycho 100 is extremely experimental and looks different from most other anime, leaving some feeling that Yuri!!! on Ice won on Fan Myopia alone and not for its actual animation merit.
    • After the Crunchyroll awards, several critics who had previously recommended or lauded the show were quick to post analyses on why it was "overhyped". While such critiques were normally prefaced with "it's still a good/decent show!" the complete 180 from singing praises about the anime to complaining about its (supposedly unjustified) popularity within a very short space of time was noticeable, suggesting frustration at the awards... or trying to distance themselves from the "Fan Myopia-inflicted fangirls" who got the blame for its domination of the contest.
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
    • When the first episodes started airing, there was a small minority who shipped Yuri and Yuko together, even though she's already married. As a result, a small ship war ensued between fans who shipped Yuri with her and those who shipped him with any of the other men in-series, particularly Victor. The camp in favor of the same-sex pairings insisted that he was over his crush, that she doesn't see him that way, and that it wasn't a romance show... even though at the time it was just as unlikely that Yuri would end up with anyone. Then some of those people enthusiastically paired her up with Yurio after she showed some attachment to him.
    • J.J.'s girlfriend was immediately disliked by fans for making comments about J.J.'s fans being better than Yurio's and generally just fervently supporting J.J. in her few seconds of screen-time. Yurio retaliates by calling her an "ugly-ass bitch", and he's mean to others in general, yet he's a fan-favorite, partially because he gets more screen-time and has undergone some Character Development.
    • Yurio makes several insulting comments about Yuri's weight, and continues to call him a pig and the like even after Yuri had already lost weight and toned up — and fans treat this is a hilarious Running Gag, even though this would be seen as fat-shaming in real life. When J.J. teases Yurio once by saying "Ladies first," he's immediately hated on by fans since they see it as him making a sexist comment, when he said it in an attempt to lighten Yurio up.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • In a case unique only to 4chan, the fans decided to dub the Victor/Yuri ship "Baldfat" because of Victor's hair thinning and Yuri's initial weight and pig motif.
    • Some fans refer to the Yuri/Yurio (or Yurio/Yuri) ship as "Bakayuri", possibly due to Yurio's penchant of calling Yuri an idiot at times.
    • Ships with Phichit usually have "chuchu" as a part of a name ("Leochuchu", "Seungchuchu" etc) .
  • Incest Yay Shipping: The Crispino siblings' intensely codependent relationship attracted a few shippers even though the anime goes out of its way to portray it as being troublesome for both of them, if not textbook unhealthy. However, the fandom overall prefers to ship them with Emil (in Michele's case) and Milla (in Sara's case).
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Let's just say that the response to the show sweeping all of the seven categories it was nominated for in Crunchyroll's 2016 Anime Awards was not pretty.
    • The initial plot announcement got this from Western fans who were hoping, based on the title and Sayo Yamamoto's reputation for female-centric anime, that it would be a Yuri Genre work. Some fans even accused the show of queerbaiting over this, though this is a case of Critical Research Failure since the two versions of "yuri" (the boys' name, and the word for "lily"/lesbian anime) are written differently in Japanese. Whatever lingering drama wasn't cured by that was by the revelation that the show was just another kind of Queer Romance.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Even people who weren't fans of the show knew within a day of airing that Victor kisses Yuri in Episode 7.
    • To a lesser extent, a lot of people outside the fandom know that in Episode 10, Victor and Yuri get engaged.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Interestingly enough, the anime had little to no detractors during its run. But once the results of Crunchyroll's 2016 Anime Awards were announced, the anime began receiving this treatment, and the amount of haters and naysayers have continued to increase since then, with the series winning "Anime of the Year" award adding fuel to the fire. See Hype Backlash and Internet Backdraft above.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Yurio, to a degree. His age does not and will never justify his rude behavior or the downright cruel actions he makes. On the other hand, he's the breadwinner of his family and his career as a figure skater is his source of income, which would explain his unusually strong drive to win, besides personal ambition.
    • J.J. may be self-centered, egocentric and even a little annoying, but it's impossible to not feel sorry for him, after the pressure and his nervousness of performing leads him to fumble most if not all his jumps for his short program in Episode 11, resulting in him getting a score so low that he can no longer win the Grand Prix Finals. Still, all his fans cheer on him greatly, particularly his girlfriend.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • The fanbase has pretty much gifted Yuri with a gay harem consisting entirely of the other skaters. It's gotten to the point where you can count on one hand the number of ships he hasn't been in.
    • Interestingly enough (and in spite of the moral questions this raises), fanfiction writers tend to pair off Yurio with any of the other attractive male skaters even if the two characters haven't necessarily met in-series, either in competition or otherwise.
    • As the two Yuris got their own canon (Victor, for Yuri) and heavily implied (Otabek, for Yurio) love interests, fandom bicycle duty seems to have shifted to Phichit and canonical Memetic Sex God Chris. This extends to commonly pairing them with each other, mostly so they can go on double dates with their best friends.
  • LGBT Fanbase: While a good chunk of the fanbase is made of Yaoi Fangirls, the anime has attracted a huge following from the queer community for finally being a non-Yaoi Genre anime that goes beyond subtext. Gay and bisexual men, in particular, feel attracted to the series because it depicts a normalized relationship between two men, especially after Episode 7 when Victor kisses Yuri.

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  • Memetic Badass: Otabek started to get a larger following in the second half of the show, with some fans stating that he'd be the one to win the Grand Prix Finals instead of Yuri or Yurio, and often bring up his surname meaning "gold" to foreshadow his victory.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Mentor Ship: Pretty much out of the starting gate with Victor/Yuri and Victor/Yurio.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Save yourself a bit of time and just match up each skater to the country they're supposed to be from.
  • Moe:
    • Yuri can be rather endearing in an Adorkable way despite being so anxious and insecure.
    • Victor, while treated as more of a Sex God In-Universe, can still be this whenever he's being goofy, and especially when he puts out his heart-shaped smile.
    • Minami, the Keet who admires Yuri and competes with him in a national competition. In his routine he's very relaxed and free-flowing to a jazz number and is a Graceful Loser about Yuri beating him. For him, competing with Yuri was enough of a reward.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • There’s just something pleasant about how the skating blades sound when they glide and step against the ice.
    • For most fans, there's also the final line in the after-credits scene in Episode 10: Yuri's adorable slurring of "Be my coach, Victor!", which is immediately followed by Victor's love-struck gasp.
  • Narm:
    • The fandom's general reaction towards the English dub is either Love It or Hate It, but there's one thing about the dub that the fandom unequivocally finds terrible: J.J.'s voice. Why? Listen for yourself and see if you can put up a straight face from beginning to end, let alone want to listen for another second.
      • There's also the fact that the dub went with a generic Canadian dudebro accent, rather than giving him a more specifically French-Canadian accent.
    • There's just something awkward about every time "The Power of Love" is said word-for-word in the English dub, even if it's by no means the fault of the voice actors. Admit it, you can't help but cringe whenever you hear those four words in other films and series. By contrast, the Japanese equivalent of the same words ("ai no chikara") sounds relatively normal, if slightly sappy.
  • Never Live It Down: While Yurio is a popular character among the fandom, there are some fans who won't let go of the fact that he intentionally talked down Yuri — and he knew that the latter was breaking down at the time — just so that he wouldn't have a competitor who shares the same name. Though this dies down to an extent after Episode 12, which reveals that the scene wasn't all it seemed to be.
  • Nightmare Fuel: While the script in the Yuri!!! on Festival event is not canon, and the whole premise behind it is far-fetched (though not without a bit of charm), the image of Yuri being possessed by a rage-filled demon is terrifying.
  • Older Than They Think: The source of the Fandom Rivalry with No. 6 is the fact that it has been pointed out that the anime is not as groundbreaking as it seems, since No.6 had already featured a Queer Romance between the main characters, even though the series isn't of the Boys Love genre. Although this is true, Yuri!!! On Ice is a far more well-known and more mainstream anime that adopted a greater focus on the romance between two men, so it's still pretty groundbreaking.
  • Only the Author Can Save Them Now: In light of recent explanations given by fans that understand more of the scoring system used in ice skating and the large difference between Yuri and Yurio's scores in the short program of the Grand Prix Finals, this is a reaction of a large quantity of fans that believe that either Yuri will pull out an Eleventh Hour Superpower and give the performance of a lifetime or Yurio will fumble his performance in some way while Otabek and Christophe will score mediocrely enough that Yuri can win. The fact that Yuri underscored for some reason while Yurio overscored and the large variety of plotlines and Character Arcs that need to be solved in the last episode, a lot of people are now thinking what would make sense to happen plot-wise to predict the end of the anime.
    • There are some fans who state that it isn't entirely impossible for Yuri to still win gold, since Phichit was able to win first place in the China Cup despite placing fourth in the short program and having a 20-point difference with Yuri (who ranked first then) — which almost perfectly mirrors Yuri and Yurio's standings in the Grand Prix Finals.
    • Ultimately downplayed: while Yuri does set a new personal best (smashing Victor's long standing free-skate record in the process), it isn't enough to stop Yurio from winning gold. On the bright side, he's only beaten by a very narrow margin of 0.12 points, and Yurio isn't exactly pleased with the results, ultimately making his victory a hollow one. There's also the fact that Yurio wanted to win for Yuri's sake since he didn't want Yuri to retire after winning the gold medal, and Word of God confirmed that Yuri would have retired if he won instead.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Yuri/Victor/Yurio was this from the start.
    • As of Episode 6, some fans have taken up shipping Victor/Yuri/Christophe, as some people believe that the latter's first sentence to Yuri was a proposal for a threesome.
    Christophe: "Yuri, why didn't you invite me?"
    • Fans also like to pair Phichit for threesomes with Victor/Yuri. Sometimes he and Christophe join the main couple in a One True Foursome.
    • Emil seems to hit on both the Crispino siblings at one point. And he does so with both of them at the same time.
    • Fans who didn't abandon J.J./Yurio with the arrival of Otabek often will ship all three of them together.
  • Periphery Demographic: Despite the large female fanbase, combined with the LGBT Fanbase, there are several fans of the anime who are straight men. Even anime fans who aren't fond of the Yaoi Genre love the series for not using any Boys Love Tropes and for what can be interpreted as its realistic and mature depiction of a romantic relationship between two men.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • "Victuri" for Victor/Yuri, and all the variants of spelling.note  Bonus points for their ship name actually sounding like the word "victory". In the Japanese fandom, the ship is called "Vikuyuu".
    • "Otayuri" or "Otaburi" for the Otabek/Yurio ship.
    • "Leoji" for Leo/Guang-Hong.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • While he's far from The Scrappy, Yurio has been a target of some fan hate for his jackassery towards Yuri. Episode 9 fixed it when he consoles Yuri and gives him a bit of his Trademark Favorite Food, showing that off the ice, they are able to keep their rivalry friendly.
      • However, Episode 10 Yurio seems to have been thrown back into the heap after his degreading and completely rude remarks about Yuri to Victor's face. Many chalk it up to him being just a bratty, whiny teenager with an overblown ego but the other party call people out for using his age as a poor excuse for his rude behavior and frankly uncalled-for comments about someone Victor really cares about. It gets even worse in Episode 11, where he persists in talking Yuri down for no good reason.
      • Episode 12 redeemed him once more (to an extent) after it's revealed that Yurio admires Yuri, and wants to beat him so that Yuri would continue skating; he was even shaken and angered when Victor stated that Yuri might retire once he wins the Grand Prix Finals, and it's probably the reason why he broke down crying after his performance. Overall, the reveal of how he actually feels about Yuri paints Yurio's character in a bit of a better light, making his actions, while still unjustified, mainly misguided and somewhat more sympathetic. Alas, this still doesn't stop him from having his fair share of haters, since — as they claim — while they appreciate The Reveal, they think it's far from enough to improve their opinions of his character.
    • Episode 10 rescued Christophe from his Base Breaker status. With the photos that show him and Yuri pole-dancing semi-naked together, the issue with him grabbing Yuri's ass that came off as harassment to fans was eased, as Christophe believed that Yuri remembered that night. Not only that, but as the episode is told from Victor's point of view, he gets shown in a much more positive light as he is Victor's Only Friend and the end of the episode confirms that he is a Shipper on Deck for Victor/Yuri.
    • While he is more of a Base Breaker, Episode 11 placed J.J. in a more sympathetic light for fans. Despite having been portrayed as overconfident and narcissistic for the past three episodes, much like Yuri he can also fall victim to pressure and stage fright, which led to him flubbing almost all his jumps in his short program. Additionally, the fandom feels sorry for him when he places dead last in the short program, and the fans who didn't like him grew to appreciate him from how he accepted his defeat with a smile.
    • J.J.'s fiancee Isabella was redeemed to many fans after Episode 11 shows that she genuinely loves him when she cheers for him even after the latter's loss in the short program, even becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Once you've watched Episode 10, particularly the after-credits scene, watch the series from the beginning once more. You'll see everything — and we mean everything — in a completely different light.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Although he got quite a bit of fans, J.J. gets this a lot. It became an unspoken rule among fans that if you want a villain for your fanwork, you use J.J.; his prideful self is exaggerated and fans often ignore the hints that J.J. is actually a Nice Guy (although a very narcissistic one) with No Social Skills. He is sometimes portrayed as an Innocent Bigot at the best cases and at worst, there are fanworks of him as a rapist.
      • J.J. also seems to be a popular Romantic False Lead for either character in Otabek/Yurio fanfiction, though this may also just be a remnant of when J.J./Yurio were the Fan-Preferred Couple before Otabek was introduced. Regardless, he's usually portrayed as an insensitive Jerkass in those fics.
    • To a lesser extent, Victor is sometimes portrayed as far more insensitive (or even outright heartless) than he can be in canon in fanworks that involve Yuri and Yurio as a couple. Again, this is only to an extent, since most other fanworks featuring the same ship portray him as a Shipper on Deck and/or Cool Big Bro to both Yuris instead.
      • The portrayal of Victor is a particularly interesting case. In fanworks written prior to The Reveal in Episode 10, which made clear that Victor was more "smitten sweetheart" than "heartless playboy", Victor is generally portrayed as far more seductive, manipulative and/or dangerous than the canon version — which made sense, as writers could only go on what they knew about him at the time. That said, there are a bizarrely high number of fanfics where Victor is a serial cheat, kidnapper, abuser, rapist and/or mafia kingpin (and not the "noble and conflicted" type either)... and most of these were written long after the series aired.

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  • The Scrappy: Although she's a minor character, most people don't like Isabella Yang (J.J.'s girlfriend). Her words about Yurio's fans made her look like a bitch, besides the fact that her presence puts a damp on the J.J./Yurio ship. Although she was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap for many when she showed that she really does love J.J., even leading the cheer for him when he screws up terribly in the Grand Prix Finals in Episode 11, to the point where she became an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Ship Mates:
    • It's a given that almost anyone who ships Otabek/Yurio also ships Victor/Yuri.
    • In the Japanese fandom and the Russian fandom, many would ship Victor/Yuri and Yurio/Yuri at the same time... or even ship all three together, with Yuri at the center of course.
    • Increasingly common is Victor/Yuri fanfiction writers pairing Christophe and Phichit together as a secondary couple or in a companion story. It's pretty clear that this is for Pair the Spares, since Phichit and Christophe are Yuri and Victor's respective best friends, so this allows the couples to go on double dates and be Shippers On Deck to each other.
    • Writers who pair Sara with Milla often put Sara's brother Michele with Emil Nekola. In general, the Milla/Sara ship sort of started out as this, a Take That! to fans who insisted that Sara or Milla must be there to end up with one of the guys in the Official Couple, including those who preemptively hated them for that. So savvy fans instead put the two girls together in their Cast Full of Gay to cheer on the boys, or be cheered on by them.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • A faction of fans took up shipping Milla/Sara, even before they exchanged some brief lines of conversation while watching the free program in Episode 9. Prior to that, fans had already guessed that they had met before; Milla ranks third and Sara fourth in the women's division. The creators seem to have caught on to this enough to insert Ship Tease in official material for them, such as a note in the Yuri!!! on Festival stage play about them taking a "girls' trip" to Canada together that made Michele jealous.
    • A significant portion has also taken to shipping Phichit with Seung-Gil, probably because of their opposing styles and personalities; although they're never seen interacting in the show.
    • Phichit (a Launcher of a Thousand Ships in general) is also popularly paired with Chris, though their most significant interaction is sitting next to each other at the dinner where Yuri and Victor announce their engagement. This is more understandable as a form of Pair the Spares: they're Official Couple Yuri and Victor's best friends and so make easy Ship Mates with each other.
    • J.J. and Otabek never speak to each other in the series, but are common enough in fanfiction together or combined with Yurio to qualify as this. Potentially justified in that Otabek used to train in Canada, so he might have shared a rink with or at least known J.J. in the past. The creators did confirm that J.J. and Otabek were rinkmates before, and used to be friends of a sort before eventually drifting apart.
  • Signature Scene: Victor tackling and kissing Yuri in Episode 7, which became the most recognizable scene in and out of the fanbase.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The other skaters competing this season have very different and very memorable personalities, and the audience would love to see more of them, but some lose their competition and others don't get expanded upon beyond their initial episodes.
    • Some fans felt this way about Victor come Episode 10. The unexplained reasons for coming into Yuri's life and being his coach made them think that Victor has some sort of calculated motive for taking him on, and when it was revealed that Yuri enchanted him at the previous Grand Prix banquet and asked him to be his coach, while many found it heartwarming, others found it cheap.
    • Otabek. His initial introduction as well as a large amount of his character only serves to add to Yurio's character. Given more screen-time, the writers could have focused more on how he wants to win for Kazakhstan and how he wants to overcome his lack of "natural talent" (compared to Yurio's natural talent).
  • Uncanny Valley: Due to the drop in animation quality midway through the series, some of the skating sequences can appear particularly jarring. Luckily, this is fixed in the Blu-ray.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • A big part of the discussion about the age gap between Otabek and Yurio, with them being 18 and 15 respectively. Since Otabek only has been 18 for a month and Yurio isn't that far away from 16, making their age gap closer to two years than 3, most people don't find it any different than shipping Leo and Guang-Hong who are 19 and 17 years old. Some hardline fans, though, insist it is inherently abusive because Otabek is legally an adult and Yurio a child, even though those lines vary from country to country and even in many places where Yurio would still be a minor, exceptions are made for small age differences. There are even lines between those who are more okay with it aged-up, vs. those who insist the ship is problematic no matter what and aging-up "normalizes" the initial age difference. It's all a part of larger debates and discourse around fanfiction that probably come off as puzzling Values Dissonance to anyone who's not deeply involved in social-justice-oriented online fan culture.
    • Some fans were confused about no one making a stink of Victor and Yuri's relationship, not because it was same-sex, but because it was between a coach and the man he's training.
    • A lot of the debate around whether the show ultimately "went far enough" in portraying Victor and Yuri as an Official Couple can be seen as this. Some fans have argued either that it does go pretty far and is pretty progressive for a country where LGBTQ relationships are far less normalized than they are in the U.S. Others come from the angle of pointing out that Japan is a far less physically-affectionate culture, especially with public displays of affection (and despite this, they still get a very public Big Damn Kiss), or that Japanese audiences are more used to subtle indications and don't need physical relationship milestones and "I love you" statements to indicate a romance. The milestones that Yuri and Victor hit aren't really that different from many popular heterosexual anime romances. It's worth noting that this variety of Values Dissonance seems to be especially common with Americans, as European viewers have similar expectations for subtlety in their media compared to Japan. For more information, see the general Anime and Manga page for this trope.
      • A specific difference is that, like most other LGBT characters in anime and manga (including in most Yaoi Genre and Yuri Genre works), neither Victor nor Yuri has a "coming out" scene or announces their specific sexuality label. This is a pretty big sign of "canonicity" in Western LGBT media (often treated as more important than how it's reflected in their relationships on-screen, to sometimes frustrating results) and may reflect the difference in Western viewers' debating if the couple has "gone far enough" to be canon. This reflects a larger cultural difference, with Japan being a far less individual-focused culture, and as mentioned above, viewers preferring to figure out things on their own rather than have them specifically spelled out to them.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: A small one, but there have been some fans who actually have mistaken Minami for a girl. It doesn't help that his Japanese voice actor is capable of sounding feminine, and his English voice actor is a woman herself.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Yurio — while wanting Yuri to keep competing — belittles him almost every time they encounter, mocks his weight, and does all he can to kick the poor guy while he's down. Not to mention, the first time they met he violently told him that he should just quit... and yet he's surprised on hearing that Yuri may retire after the Grand Prix Finals.
    • On a lighter note, Yurio, while searching for Victor, flies out to Japan on a whim when he's supposed to be training, walks around the city, and thinks if he shouts Victor's name then he can find him. He finds him by pure luck rather than deducing that Victor would be at the local ice rink. For good reason, Yakov chews him out on the phone.
    • Victor, thinking that Yuri is shy and embarrassed about pole-dancing and begging him to be his coach, never brings it up during their months together while training and only finds out Yuri doesn't remember anything at an informal dinner held before the Grand Prix Finals. To be fair, he may not have brought it up on the assumption that the event is a shameful memory to Yuri, given the difference in Yuri's personality when he's sober and when he's drunk.
  • The Woobie: Yuri seems to have the world out for him at the beginning of the show. The audience's real introduction to his character has him hanging up the phone on his mother and crying alone in a bathroom stall after he blew his chance at the Grand Prix Finals; his anxiety, depression, and cripplingly low self-esteem follow, and he's no longer as passionate about ice-skating as he once was. His voice actor, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, admitted that he cried from empathizing with Yuri during recording.

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