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** ''Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi in Love!'': [[BigBad Kain]] is a powerful extraterrestrial criminal who is captured by the Galaxy Police and the Jurai Emperor after he destroyed several federated planets and hundreds of thousands of spacecraft during his crusade to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the universe]]. Centuries after his capture, Kain escapes from his confinement and destroys the Galaxy Police headquarters, [[CopKiller killing everyone inside]]. Developing a hatred towards the Jurai Emperor, Kain attempts to kill the current descendant, Achika Masaki, the mother of [[TheHero Tenchi Masaki]]; this would result in Tenchi ceasing to exist and affect the future of his companions. When Kain got sucked into another planet with Achika and his future husband, Nobuyuki, Kain tortures Nobuyuki while [[ForcedToWatch forcing Achika to watch]].

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** ''Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi in Love!'': [[BigBad Kain]] is a powerful extraterrestrial criminal who is captured by the Galaxy Police and the Jurai Emperor after he destroyed several federated planets and hundreds of thousands of spacecraft spacecrafts during his crusade to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the universe]]. Centuries after his capture, Kain escapes from his confinement and destroys the Galaxy Police headquarters, [[CopKiller killing everyone inside]]. Developing a hatred towards the Jurai Emperor, Kain attempts to kill the current descendant, Achika Masaki, the mother of [[TheHero Tenchi Masaki]]; this would result in Tenchi ceasing to exist and affect the future of his companions. When Kain got sucked into another planet with Achika and his future husband, Nobuyuki, Kain tortures Nobuyuki while [[ForcedToWatch forcing Achika to watch]].


** {{OVA}}: [[MadScientist Kagato]] is an intergalactic researcher who utterly lacks anything resembling a conscience. Kagato turned on his mentor, Washu Hakubi, and imprisoned her for thousands of years, hijacking everything she had left behind, including Washu's [[TrulySingleParent created "daughter"]] Ryoko. Brainwashing Ryoko, Kagato sent her to discover the truth of the "greatest treasure in the universe," having her hunt down traces of it, and then destroy the worlds that contained it to make certain nobody else could replicate his discoveries, whether they were inhabited or not. Over 3,000 worlds met their fate this way. After losing Ryoko, Kagato continued the process himself until he discovered her alive on earth. He wastes little time in trying to kill Tenchi and his UnwantedHarem and succeeds in blowing Tenchi apart from his ship. When Ryoko offers her life in place of Tenchi's, Kagato merely responds he'll just kill both of them. When Wahsu is freed, Kagato decides to "reminisce" about the old days by drawing on his ship's power to destroy the earth. Kagato is defined [[ForScience by his drive]] for his "scientific method." Anything and anyone that gets caught in his path is simply collateral damage to that end.

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** {{OVA}}: [[MadScientist Kagato]] is an intergalactic researcher who utterly lacks anything resembling a conscience. Kagato turned on his mentor, Washu Hakubi, and imprisoned her for thousands of years, hijacking everything she had left behind, including Washu's [[TrulySingleParent created "daughter"]] Ryoko. Brainwashing Ryoko, Kagato sent her to discover the truth of the "greatest treasure in the universe," having her hunt down traces of it, and then destroy the worlds that contained it to make certain nobody else could replicate his discoveries, whether they were inhabited or not. Over 3,000 worlds met their fate this way. After losing Ryoko, Kagato continued the process himself until he discovered her alive on earth. He wastes little time in trying to kill Tenchi and his UnwantedHarem and succeeds in blowing Tenchi apart from his ship. When Ryoko offers her life in place of Tenchi's, Kagato merely responds he'll just kill both of them.both. When Wahsu is freed, Kagato decides to "reminisce" about the old days by drawing on his ship's power to destroy the earth. Kagato is defined [[ForScience by his drive]] for his "scientific method." Anything and anyone that gets caught in his path is simply collateral damage to that end.


* CompleteMonster: [[MadScientist Kagato]] from the {{OVA}} is an intergalactic researcher who utterly lacks anything resembling a conscience. Kagato turned on his mentor, Washu Hakubi, and imprisoned her for thousands of years, hijacking everything she had left behind, including Washu's [[TrulySingleParent created "daughter"]] Ryoko. Brainwashing Ryoko, Kagato sent her to discover the truth of the "greatest treasure in the universe," having her hunt down traces of it, and then destroy the worlds that contained it to make certain nobody else could replicate his discoveries, whether they were inhabited or not. Over 3,000 worlds met their fate this way. After losing Ryoko, Kagato continued the process himself until he discovered her alive on earth. He wastes little time in trying to kill Tenchi and his UnwantedHarem and succeeds in blowing Tenchi apart from his ship. When Ryoko offers her life in place of Tenchi's, Kagato merely responds he'll just kill both of them. When Wahsu is freed, Kagato decides to "reminisce" about the old days by drawing on his ship's power to destroy the earth. Kagato is defined [[ForScience by his drive]] for his "scientific method". Anything and anyone that gets caught in his path is simply collateral damage to that end.

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** {{OVA}}:
[[MadScientist Kagato]] from the {{OVA}} is an intergalactic researcher who utterly lacks anything resembling a conscience. Kagato turned on his mentor, Washu Hakubi, and imprisoned her for thousands of years, hijacking everything she had left behind, including Washu's [[TrulySingleParent created "daughter"]] Ryoko. Brainwashing Ryoko, Kagato sent her to discover the truth of the "greatest treasure in the universe," having her hunt down traces of it, and then destroy the worlds that contained it to make certain nobody else could replicate his discoveries, whether they were inhabited or not. Over 3,000 worlds met their fate this way. After losing Ryoko, Kagato continued the process himself until he discovered her alive on earth. He wastes little time in trying to kill Tenchi and his UnwantedHarem and succeeds in blowing Tenchi apart from his ship. When Ryoko offers her life in place of Tenchi's, Kagato merely responds he'll just kill both of them. When Wahsu is freed, Kagato decides to "reminisce" about the old days by drawing on his ship's power to destroy the earth. Kagato is defined [[ForScience by his drive]] for his "scientific method". method." Anything and anyone that gets caught in his path is simply collateral damage to that end.end.
** ''Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi in Love!'': [[BigBad Kain]] is a powerful extraterrestrial criminal who is captured by the Galaxy Police and the Jurai Emperor after he destroyed several federated planets and hundreds of thousands of spacecraft during his crusade to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the universe]]. Centuries after his capture, Kain escapes from his confinement and destroys the Galaxy Police headquarters, [[CopKiller killing everyone inside]]. Developing a hatred towards the Jurai Emperor, Kain attempts to kill the current descendant, Achika Masaki, the mother of [[TheHero Tenchi Masaki]]; this would result in Tenchi ceasing to exist and affect the future of his companions. When Kain got sucked into another planet with Achika and his future husband, Nobuyuki, Kain tortures Nobuyuki while [[ForcedToWatch forcing Achika to watch]].


* TheWoobie: Sasami in the [=OVAs=] as the times when she cries are the few times within where a crying character isn't PlayedForLaughs. After her nightmare in episode 7- especially when she wakes up and Ayeka not being in there with her only makes it worse- and breakdown in episode 9, one just never wants to see the sweetest member of the cast looking sad and give her a big hug.


* MagnificentBastard: Kagato. In the OVA he's a stylish, FauxAffablyEvil WickedCultured badass. In the Universe series, he sets up Ayeka as a treacherous [[TheStarscream usurper]] to the throne, causing the whole group to travel all the way to Jurai just to have a fight with Katsuhiko[[spoiler: /Yosho]] by using Yosho's name as a way to get political power in order to force [[spoiler: Yosho]] into action. [[spoiler: He may have achieved this goal, by dying in a fight with Tenchi, Yosho's grandson.]]
** Also, Yugi prior to her VillainDecay into SmugSnake.

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* GatewaySeries: For most Westerners, ''Tenchi'' was the introduction of the harem genre for many.


* RealWomenDontWearDresses: The only excuse for fans to bash Ayeka that doesn't apply to Ryoko as well.


* StoicWoobie: Katsuhiko/Yosho in the ''Universe'' version instead of leaving due to discrimination on his half human lineage and "women" in the OVA; he had [[spoiler: lost his first true friend, a child eating monster who was about to change her ways, till the Jurai force came and beat the hell out of her, then calling her a freak when she revealed her true form and running away. Then in his adulthood, her's forced to kill his best friend who had become power-hungry and killing everything in site, next wanders across the galaxy out of guilt and finding a place for his lover who wasn't royalty, so that they can love each other without being social class discrimination. She up and dies before they even arrive there. His daughter's (Achika) lifespan was greatly diminished as result of most of her Jurai power passing onto Tenchi, when she gave birth to him. She passed away when her son was very young, causing Katsuhiko and Tenchi's father, Nobuyuki to hate winter for a while, being the time she died. Then we get the present where that power-hungry friend has literally come back from hell to use his identity and frame one of his relations for treason, leading to a long chase until he finally meets him again and is understandably distraught about killing him again, to the point that he considers double suicide as a solution. After that mess, that first friend has returned to being a bratty trickster who's now a Yandere for him, to the point that she creates a clone with her and his grandson's DNA and have that said clone rape and take him to her dimension till he comes over himself. And that lover's ghost manipulates his grandson's memories and uses him as a substitute for her former lover]]. But he continues on being solemn and sometimes cheerful.


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* StoicWoobie: Katsuhiko/Yosho in the ''Universe'' version instead of leaving due to discrimination on his half human lineage and "women" in the OVA; he had [[spoiler: lost his first true friend, a child eating monster who was about to change her ways, till the Jurai force came and beat the hell out of her, then calling her a freak when she revealed her true form and running away. Then in his adulthood, her's forced to kill his best friend who had become power-hungry and killing everything in site, next wanders across the galaxy out of guilt and finding a place for his lover who wasn't royalty, so that they can love each other without being social class discrimination. She up and dies before they even arrive there. His daughter's (Achika) lifespan was greatly diminished as result of most of her Jurai power passing onto Tenchi, when she gave birth to him. She passed away when her son was very young, causing Katsuhiko and Tenchi's father, Nobuyuki to hate winter for a while, being the time she died. Then we get the present where that power-hungry friend has literally come back from hell to use his identity and frame one of his relations for treason, leading to a long chase until he finally meets him again and is understandably distraught about killing him again, to the point that he considers double suicide as a solution. After that mess, that first friend has returned to being a bratty trickster who's now a Yandere for him, to the point that she creates a clone with her and his grandson's DNA and have that said clone rape and take him to her dimension till he comes over himself. And that lover's ghost manipulates his grandson's memories and uses him as a substitute for her former lover]]. But he continues on being solemn and sometimes cheerful.

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** While most of OVA 3 is considered a ContestedSequel and inspires much BaseBreaking, the character of Z is pretty universally well liked by Tenchi fans.


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** Kagato Jurai from ''Universe'' is fairly {{Bishounen}} and also has plenty of badass points to boot, so he counts.


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* HilariousInHindsight: Kain, the villain from the first Tenchi movie, bears an uncanny resemblence to [[Anime/SpiritedAway No Face]]


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* ReplacementScrappy: Noike is often seen as a poor copy of Kiyone. Although she actually predates Kiyone in creation (she just wasn't implemented into the show until much after Kiyone's first appearance), some fans wonder why she wasn't just replaced with Kiyone in the first place, making this an odd inversion of the trope.


* GenreTurningPoint}}: Although ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' is generally credited as the first harem show, Tenchi really set the genre on fire, launching a host of imitators. Perhaps its biggest innovation was to make the male lead a soft-spoken, incredibly NiceGuy (and have this [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan be why the girls all like him]]) as opposed to Ataru, who is a sex-crazed {{jerkass}}. It was easier for viewers to see themselves in someone like Tenchi, which amped up the wish fulfillment.

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* GenreTurningPoint}}: GenreTurningPoint: Although ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' is generally credited as the first harem show, Tenchi really set the genre on fire, launching a host of imitators. Perhaps its biggest innovation was to make the male lead a soft-spoken, incredibly NiceGuy (and have this [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan be why the girls all like him]]) as opposed to Ataru, who is a sex-crazed {{jerkass}}. It was easier for viewers to see themselves in someone like Tenchi, which amped up the wish fulfillment.



* InferredHolocaust: [[spoiler: Destroying half the Earth? Yeah. That'll definitely kill some people on the planet but the ResetButton made it so that didn't actually happen]].
* LesYay: Yugi with Sasami.
* MagnificentBastard: Kagato. In the OAV he's a stylish, FauxAffablyEvil WickedCultured badass. In the Universe series, he sets up Ayeka as a treacherous [[TheStarScream usurper]] to the throne, causing the whole group to travel all the way to Jurai just to have a fight with Katsuhiko[[spoiler: /Yosho]] by using Yosho's name as a way to get political power in order to force [[spoiler: Yosho]] into action. [[spoiler: He may have achieved this goal, by dying in a fight with Tenchi, Yosho's grandson.]]

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* InferredHolocaust: [[spoiler: Destroying half the Earth? Yeah. That'll definitely kill some people on the planet but the ResetButton made it so that didn't actually happen]].
happen.]]
* LesYay: [[HoYay Les Yay]]: Yugi with Sasami.
* MagnificentBastard: Kagato. In the OAV OVA he's a stylish, FauxAffablyEvil WickedCultured badass. In the Universe series, he sets up Ayeka as a treacherous [[TheStarScream [[TheStarscream usurper]] to the throne, causing the whole group to travel all the way to Jurai just to have a fight with Katsuhiko[[spoiler: /Yosho]] by using Yosho's name as a way to get political power in order to force [[spoiler: Yosho]] into action. [[spoiler: He may have achieved this goal, by dying in a fight with Tenchi, Yosho's grandson.]]



** Not only did Yuzuha [[spoiler: kill her "daughter" Mayuka]], but she [[spoiler: mocks Tenchi and the girls when they mourn her. Then there's the reason she claims she's the real wronged one. It takes a lot of gall to complain about being attacked by Juraian guardsmen while hanging out with a young Crown Prince Yosho during Startica [[{{Hypocrite}} when you turned three of Yosho's friends into diamond candy and ate them just before meeting him in the first place and then lied to him about it!!]]]]

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** Not only did Yuzuha [[spoiler: kill her "daughter" Mayuka]], but she [[spoiler: mocks Tenchi and the girls when they mourn her. Then there's the reason she claims she's the real wronged one. It takes a lot of gall to complain about being attacked by Juraian guardsmen while hanging out with a young Crown Prince Yosho during Startica [[{{Hypocrite}} when you turned three of Yosho's friends into diamond candy and ate them just before meeting him in the first place and then lied to him about it!!]]]]it]]!!]]



** Hotsuma, Tsugaru, and finally Yugi from ''Shin Tenchi'' do this too. Hotsuma crosses the limits when [[spoiler: he not only takes advantage of a (for once) truly distressed Ryoko and tricks her into abandoning the group, but also denigrates her when speaking to Yugi -- and that's when Ryoko was starting to like him quite a bit (and afterwards, Ryoko thinks to herself that [[EvenEvilHasStandards as bad as she can be, she's honest to a fault and would never fall THAT low]])]]; Tsugaru does it when [[spoiler: he laughs his ass off as Mihoshi [[TakingTheBullet chooses to shield Kiyone and get badly injured in her place]], instead of shooting him dead]], and finally, Yugi (until then a MagnificentBitch with a DarkAndTroubledPast) crosses this when [[spoiler: she first re-absorbs her "shadow" Sakuya [[BreakThemByTalking while revealing her true origins to her]] and ''mocking'' poor Sakuya's distress as well as Tenchi's; and then when setting a LotusEaterMachine for Tenchi... with ''Sakuya'' as the bait!]]
** OAV!Kagato does this via {{mind control}}ling Ryoko to attack the group and Tenchi, then by ''killing Tenchi'' in the upcoming battle (with only the timely intervention of Tsunami bringing him back) -- while [[ForcedtoWatch forcing a kidnapped Ryoko to watch]]!
* OneSceneWonder; Amagasaki and Evil Kiyone.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: The only excuse for fans to bash Ayeka that doesn't apply to Ryoko as well.

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** Hotsuma, Tsugaru, and finally Yugi from ''Shin Tenchi'' do this too. Hotsuma crosses the limits when [[spoiler: he not only takes advantage of a (for once) truly distressed Ryoko and tricks her into abandoning the group, but also denigrates her when speaking to Yugi -- and that's when Ryoko was starting to like him quite a bit (and afterwards, Ryoko thinks to herself that [[EvenEvilHasStandards as bad as she can be, she's honest to a fault and would never fall THAT low]])]]; Tsugaru does it when [[spoiler: he laughs his ass off as Mihoshi [[TakingTheBullet chooses to shield Kiyone and get badly injured in her place]], instead of shooting him dead]], and finally, Yugi (until then a MagnificentBitch with a DarkAndTroubledPast) crosses this when [[spoiler: she first re-absorbs her "shadow" Sakuya [[BreakThemByTalking while revealing her true origins to her]] and ''mocking'' poor Sakuya's distress as well as Tenchi's; and then when setting a LotusEaterMachine for Tenchi... with ''Sakuya'' as the bait!]]
bait]]!
** OAV!Kagato does this via {{mind control}}ling Ryoko to attack the group and Tenchi, then by ''killing Tenchi'' in the upcoming battle (with only the timely intervention of Tsunami bringing him back) -- while [[ForcedtoWatch [[ForcedToWatch forcing a kidnapped Ryoko to watch]]!
* OneSceneWonder; OneSceneWonder: Amagasaki and Evil Kiyone.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: RealWomenDontWearDresses: The only excuse for fans to bash Ayeka that doesn't apply to Ryoko as well.



* StoicWoobie: Katsuhiko/Yosho in the ''Universe'' version instead of leaving due to discrimination on his half human lineage and "women" in the OVA; he had [[spoiler: lost his first true friend, a child eating monster who was about to change her ways, till the Jurai force came and beat the hell out of her, then calling her a freak when she revealed her true form and running away. Then in his adulthood, her's forced to kill his best friend who had become power-hungry and killing everything in site, next wanders across the galaxy out of guilt and finding a place for his lover who wasn't royalty, so that they can love each other without being social class discrimination. She up and dies before they even arrive there. His daughter's (Achika) lifespan was greatly diminished as result of most of her Jurai power passing onto Tenchi, when she gave birth to him. She passed away when her son was very young, causing Katsuhiko and Tenchi's father, Nobuyuki to hate winter for a while, being the time she died. Then we get the present where that power-hungry friend has literally come back from hell to use his identity and frame one of his relations for treason, leading to a long chase until he finally meets him again and is understandably distraught about killing him again, to the point that he considers double suicide as a solution. After that mess, that first friend has returned to being a bratty trickster who's now a Yandere for him, to the point that she creates a clone with her and his grandson's DNA and have that said clone rape and take him to her dimension till he comes over himself. And that lover's ghost manipulates his grandson's memories and uses him as a substitute for her former lover.]] But he continues on being solemn and sometimes cheerful.

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* StoicWoobie: Katsuhiko/Yosho in the ''Universe'' version instead of leaving due to discrimination on his half human lineage and "women" in the OVA; he had [[spoiler: lost his first true friend, a child eating monster who was about to change her ways, till the Jurai force came and beat the hell out of her, then calling her a freak when she revealed her true form and running away. Then in his adulthood, her's forced to kill his best friend who had become power-hungry and killing everything in site, next wanders across the galaxy out of guilt and finding a place for his lover who wasn't royalty, so that they can love each other without being social class discrimination. She up and dies before they even arrive there. His daughter's (Achika) lifespan was greatly diminished as result of most of her Jurai power passing onto Tenchi, when she gave birth to him. She passed away when her son was very young, causing Katsuhiko and Tenchi's father, Nobuyuki to hate winter for a while, being the time she died. Then we get the present where that power-hungry friend has literally come back from hell to use his identity and frame one of his relations for treason, leading to a long chase until he finally meets him again and is understandably distraught about killing him again, to the point that he considers double suicide as a solution. After that mess, that first friend has returned to being a bratty trickster who's now a Yandere for him, to the point that she creates a clone with her and his grandson's DNA and have that said clone rape and take him to her dimension till he comes over himself. And that lover's ghost manipulates his grandson's memories and uses him as a substitute for her former lover.]] lover]]. But he continues on being solemn and sometimes cheerful.



** [[TheScrappy Western opinion on Noike is generally poor]], but a lot more could've been built around her status as an [[ArrangedMarriage official fiance for Tenchi]] and a [[TheMole spy for Jurai.]] The other girls' reactions to this would've made for [[HilarityEnsues good entertainment and development]], and the spy angle could've introduced the [[PlotTumor political elements of the story]] in a more controlled manner. Instead, her status as a spy is [[ShowDontTell just explained away]] to Ryoko and Ayeka after they basically just accepted Noike's existence. And despite having some episode focus, she still gets so little actual character progression she barely qualifies as a SatelliteCharacter. Then there are those who just feel she could have just as easily been replaced by EnsembleDarkhorse Kiyone from the alternate continuities.

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** [[TheScrappy Western opinion on Noike is generally poor]], but a lot more could've been built around her status as an [[ArrangedMarriage official fiance for Tenchi]] and a [[TheMole spy for Jurai.]] Jurai]]. The other girls' reactions to this would've made for [[HilarityEnsues good entertainment and development]], and the spy angle could've introduced the [[PlotTumor political elements of the story]] in a more controlled manner. Instead, her status as a spy is [[ShowDontTell just explained away]] to Ryoko and Ayeka after they basically just accepted Noike's existence. And despite having some episode focus, she still gets so little actual character progression she barely qualifies as a SatelliteCharacter. Then there are those who just feel she could have just as easily been replaced by EnsembleDarkhorse Kiyone from the alternate continuities.


* BaseBreakingCharacter: Ayeka, Mihoshi and Ryoko fit in this tropes. Is Ayeka a sweet princess who cares about the others but doesn't really now how to express it properly, or a [[RoyalBrat bitch]] who only cares for herself? Is Ryoko a JerkWithAHeartOfGold whose antics were funny or an annoying {{Jerkass}} who constantly abuses others and did horrendous acts? Is Mihoshi a sympathetic {{Cloudcuckoolander}} or an irritating stupid character [[TheMillstone who always gets her friends in trouble]]? In Mihoshi's case, it should be note some people likes her GeniusDitz OVA version and only dislike her TV version where she is more dumb.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: Ayeka, Mihoshi and Ryoko fit in this tropes. Ryoko. Is Ayeka a sweet SpoiledSweet princess who cares about the others but doesn't really now how to express it properly, or a [[RoyalBrat bitch]] who only cares for herself? Is Ryoko a JerkWithAHeartOfGold whose antics were are funny or an annoying and selfish {{Jerkass}} who constantly abuses others and did horrendous acts? others? Is Mihoshi a sympathetic {{Cloudcuckoolander}} or an irritating stupid TooDumbToLive character [[TheMillstone who always gets her friends in trouble]]? In Mihoshi's case, it should be note some noted that people likes generally do like her GeniusDitz OVA version and only dislike her TV version where she her stupidity is more dumb.[[{{Flanderization}} turned up more]].



** The redesigns for the original OVA girls (minus Noike) for ''Ai Tenchi Muyo!'' have been utterly mixed. Some feel that the girls have been modernized, while others consider it oversexualization, especially Mihoshi's Playboy Bunny-esque outfit and Sasami's short skirt.

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** The redesigns for the original OVA girls (minus Noike) for ''Ai Tenchi Muyo!'' have been utterly mixed. Some feel that the girls have been modernized, while others consider it oversexualization, especially Mihoshi's Playboy Bunny-esque outfit and Sasami's short skirt.



* DieForOurShip: Ryoko vs. Ayeka, though it is implied that Ryoko wins in the ''Tenchi Universe'' continuity. There is also Sakuya in ''Tenchi in Tokyo'', and the Ryoko and Ayeka fandom rioted over this ([[spoiler:until Sakuya [[CharacterDeath died]]]]).

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* DieForOurShip: Ryoko vs. Ayeka, though it is implied that Ryoko wins in the ''Tenchi Universe'' continuity. There is also Sakuya in ''Tenchi in Tokyo'', and the Ryoko and Ayeka fandom fandoms rioted over this ([[spoiler:until Sakuya [[CharacterDeath died]]]]).



** People forget that Kiyone became very popular after her first appearance during the Mihoshi special of the OVA series. Back then, she wasn't meant to be a main character, but was made one in Tenchi:Universe and beyond.

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** People forget that Kiyone became very popular after her first appearance during the Mihoshi special of the OVA series. Back then, she wasn't meant to be a main character, but was made one in Tenchi:Universe ''Tenchi Universe'' and beyond.



* FanPreferredCouple: Among western audiences, the majority of fans seem to feel that Tenchi should choose Ryoko. The number of fan fics where Tenchi ends up with Ryoko ''hugely'' outnumber the ones where he picks Ayeka or one of the other girls.

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* FanPreferredCouple: Among western audiences, the majority of fans seem to feel that Tenchi should choose Ryoko. The number of fan fics fanfics where Tenchi ends up with Ryoko ''hugely'' outnumber the ones where he picks Ayeka or one of the other girls.



* {{Genre Turning Point}}: Although Anime/{{Urusei Yatsura}} is generally credited as the first harem show, Tenchi really set the genre on fire, launching a host of imitators. Perhaps its biggest innovation was to make the male lead a soft-spoken, incredibly nice guy (and have this be why the girls all like him) as opposed to UY's Ataru, who is a sex-crazed {{jerkass}}. It was easier for viewers to see themselves in someone like Tenchi, which amped up the wish fulfillment.

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* {{Genre Turning Point}}: GenreTurningPoint}}: Although Anime/{{Urusei Yatsura}} ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' is generally credited as the first harem show, Tenchi really set the genre on fire, launching a host of imitators. Perhaps its biggest innovation was to make the male lead a soft-spoken, incredibly nice guy NiceGuy (and have this [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan be why the girls all like him) him]]) as opposed to UY's Ataru, who is a sex-crazed {{jerkass}}. It was easier for viewers to see themselves in someone like Tenchi, which amped up the wish fulfillment.



* StoicWoobie: Katsuhiko/Yosho in the Universe version instead of leaving due to discrimination on his half human lineage and "women" in the OVA; he had [[spoiler: lost his first true friend, a child eating monster who was about to change her ways, till the Jurai force came and beat the hell out of her, then calling her a freak when she revealed her true form and running away. Then in his adulthood, her's forced to kill his best friend who had become power-hungry and killing everything in site, next wanders across the galaxy out of guilt and finding a place for his lover who wasn't royalty, so that they can love each other without being social class discrimination. She up and dies before they even arrive there. His daughter's (Achika) lifespan was greatly diminished as result of most of her Jurai power passing onto Tenchi, when she gave birth to him. She passed away when her son was very young, causing Katsuhiko and Tenchi's father, Nobuyuki to hate winter for a while, being the time she died. Then we get the present where that power-hungry friend has literally come back from hell to use his identity and frame one of his relations for treason, leading to a long chase until he finally meets him again and is understandably distraught about killing him again, to the point that he considers double suicide as a solution. After that mess, that first friend has returned to being a bratty trickster who's now Yandere for him, to the point that she creates a clone with her and his grandson's DNA and have that said clone rape and take him to her dimension till he comes over himself. And that lover I'm talking about, her ghost manipulates his grandson's memories and uses him as a substitute for her former lover.]] But he continues on being solemn and sometimes cheerful.

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* StoicWoobie: Katsuhiko/Yosho in the Universe ''Universe'' version instead of leaving due to discrimination on his half human lineage and "women" in the OVA; he had [[spoiler: lost his first true friend, a child eating monster who was about to change her ways, till the Jurai force came and beat the hell out of her, then calling her a freak when she revealed her true form and running away. Then in his adulthood, her's forced to kill his best friend who had become power-hungry and killing everything in site, next wanders across the galaxy out of guilt and finding a place for his lover who wasn't royalty, so that they can love each other without being social class discrimination. She up and dies before they even arrive there. His daughter's (Achika) lifespan was greatly diminished as result of most of her Jurai power passing onto Tenchi, when she gave birth to him. She passed away when her son was very young, causing Katsuhiko and Tenchi's father, Nobuyuki to hate winter for a while, being the time she died. Then we get the present where that power-hungry friend has literally come back from hell to use his identity and frame one of his relations for treason, leading to a long chase until he finally meets him again and is understandably distraught about killing him again, to the point that he considers double suicide as a solution. After that mess, that first friend has returned to being a bratty trickster who's now a Yandere for him, to the point that she creates a clone with her and his grandson's DNA and have that said clone rape and take him to her dimension till he comes over himself. And that lover I'm talking about, her lover's ghost manipulates his grandson's memories and uses him as a substitute for her former lover.]] But he continues on being solemn and sometimes cheerful.



** [[TheScrappy Western opinion on Noike is generally poor]], but a lot more could've been built around her status as an [[ArrangedMarriage official fiance for Tenchi]] and a [[TheMole spy for Jurai.]] The other girls' reactions to this would've made for [[HilarityEnsues good entertainment and development]], and the spy angle could've introduced the [[PlotTumor political elements of the story]] in a more controlled manner. Instead, her status as a spy is [[ShowDontTell just explained away]] to Ryoko and Ayeka after they basically just accepted Noike's existance. And despite having some episode focus, she still gets so little actual character progression she barely qualifies as a SatelliteCharacter. Then there are those who just feel she could have just as easily been replaced by EnsembleDarkhorse Kiyone from the alternate continuities.

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** [[TheScrappy Western opinion on Noike is generally poor]], but a lot more could've been built around her status as an [[ArrangedMarriage official fiance for Tenchi]] and a [[TheMole spy for Jurai.]] The other girls' reactions to this would've made for [[HilarityEnsues good entertainment and development]], and the spy angle could've introduced the [[PlotTumor political elements of the story]] in a more controlled manner. Instead, her status as a spy is [[ShowDontTell just explained away]] to Ryoko and Ayeka after they basically just accepted Noike's existance.existence. And despite having some episode focus, she still gets so little actual character progression she barely qualifies as a SatelliteCharacter. Then there are those who just feel she could have just as easily been replaced by EnsembleDarkhorse Kiyone from the alternate continuities.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: First aired on CartoonNetwork's Creator/{{Toonami}}, ''in an afterschool timeslot''. Even when they moved it to Creator/AdultSwim, they STILL couldn't get away with showing the female characters frequently nude.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: First aired on CartoonNetwork's Creator/{{Toonami}}, Creator/CartoonNetwork's Creator/{{Toonami}} block, ''in an afterschool after school timeslot''. Even when they moved it to Creator/AdultSwim, they STILL ''still'' couldn't get away with showing the female characters frequently nude.


* {{Genre Turning Point}}: Although {{Urusei Yatsura}} is generally credited as the first harem show, Tenchi really set the genre on fire, launching a host of imitators. Perhaps its biggest innovation was to make the male lead a soft-spoken, incredibly nice guy (and have this be why the girls all like him) as opposed to UY's Ataru, who is a sex-crazed {{jerkass}}. It was easier for viewers to see themselves in someone like Tenchi, which amped up the wish fulfillment.

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* {{Genre Turning Point}}: Although {{Urusei Anime/{{Urusei Yatsura}} is generally credited as the first harem show, Tenchi really set the genre on fire, launching a host of imitators. Perhaps its biggest innovation was to make the male lead a soft-spoken, incredibly nice guy (and have this be why the girls all like him) as opposed to UY's Ataru, who is a sex-crazed {{jerkass}}. It was easier for viewers to see themselves in someone like Tenchi, which amped up the wish fulfillment.


* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: First aired on CartoonNetwork's {{Toonami}}, ''in an afterschool timeslot''. Even when they moved it to Creator/AdultSwim, they STILL couldn't get away with showing the female characters frequently nude.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: First aired on CartoonNetwork's {{Toonami}}, Creator/{{Toonami}}, ''in an afterschool timeslot''. Even when they moved it to Creator/AdultSwim, they STILL couldn't get away with showing the female characters frequently nude.


* MagnificentBastard: Kagato. In the OAV he's a stylish, FauxAffablyEvil WickedCultured BadAss. In the Universe series, he sets up Ayeka as a treacherous [[TheStarScream usurper]] to the throne, causing the whole group to travel all the way to Jurai just to have a fight with Katsuhiko[[spoiler: /Yosho]] by using Yosho's name as a way to get political power in order to force [[spoiler: Yosho]] into action. [[spoiler: He may have achieved this goal, by dying in a fight with Tenchi, Yosho's grandson.]]

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* MagnificentBastard: Kagato. In the OAV he's a stylish, FauxAffablyEvil WickedCultured BadAss.badass. In the Universe series, he sets up Ayeka as a treacherous [[TheStarScream usurper]] to the throne, causing the whole group to travel all the way to Jurai just to have a fight with Katsuhiko[[spoiler: /Yosho]] by using Yosho's name as a way to get political power in order to force [[spoiler: Yosho]] into action. [[spoiler: He may have achieved this goal, by dying in a fight with Tenchi, Yosho's grandson.]]


* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: What was ''{{Toonami}}'' thinking on getting this show for a kids programming block? They had to do a lot of censoring to try passing it off as a kids show. Even when they moved it to Creator/AdultSwim, they couldn't get away with showing the female characters frequently nude.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: What was ''{{Toonami}}'' thinking First aired on getting this show for a kids programming block? They had to do a lot of censoring to try passing it off as a kids show. CartoonNetwork's {{Toonami}}, ''in an afterschool timeslot''. Even when they moved it to Creator/AdultSwim, they STILL couldn't get away with showing the female characters frequently nude.

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