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** A lot of the debate around whether the show ultimately "went far enough" in portraying [[spoiler: Victor and Yuri]] as an OfficialCouple 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 TheBigDamnKiss very publicly), 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 [[spoiler: Yuri and Victor]] hit aren't really that different from many popular ''heterosexual'' anime romances. It's worth noting that this variety of ValuesDissonance 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 [[ValuesDissonance/AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga page]] for this trope.

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** A lot of the debate around whether the show ultimately "went far enough" in portraying [[spoiler: Victor and Yuri]] as an OfficialCouple 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 TheBigDamnKiss very publicly), 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 [[spoiler: Yuri and Victor]] hit aren't really that different from many popular ''heterosexual'' anime romances. It's worth noting that this variety of ValuesDissonance 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 [[ValuesDissonance/AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga page]] for this trope.


* InternetBackdraft:
** 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 YuriGenre work. Some fans even accused the show of queerbaiting over this, though this is a case of CriticalResearchFailure since the two versions of "yuri" (the boys' name, and the word for "lily"/lesbian anime) are written and pronounced differently in Japanese. Whatever lingering drama wasn't cured by that was by the revelation that [[spoiler: the show was just another kind of QueerRomance]].



* ItsPopularNowItSucks: 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 HypeBacklash and InternetBackdraft above.

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* ItsPopularNowItSucks: 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 HypeBacklash and InternetBackdraft above.


** ''Manga/BananaFish'', as an iconic LGBT-themed manga with a (more subtextual in ''Banana Fish's'' case) gay male romance that's getting an anime adaptation by Studio MAPPA, has unsurprisingly attracted a lot of ''Yuri!!! on Ice'' fans its way.

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** ''Manga/BananaFish'', as an iconic LGBT-themed manga with a (more subtextual in ''Banana Fish's'' case) gay male romance that's getting which also has an anime adaptation by Studio MAPPA, Creator/{{MAPPA}}, has unsurprisingly attracted a lot of ''Yuri!!! on Ice'' fans its way.


** Emil Nekola gained the attention of fans due to his uncanny resemblance to WebVideo/PewDiePie. He became even more well-liked due to being one of the friendliest skaters in the cast besides Phichit.

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** Emil Nekola gained the attention of fans due to his uncanny resemblance to WebVideo/PewDiePie.LetsPlay/PewDiePie. He became even more well-liked due to being one of the friendliest skaters in the cast besides Phichit.


*** On the topic of Yuri and Yuko, quite a few fans who insisted that Victor and Yuri never did enough to be a "canon" OfficialCouple [[spoiler: even after the BigDamnKiss ''and'' the engagement!]] saw Yuri as "canonically" bisexual based on him calling Yuko "cute" in episode 1, and the scene being framed as like a confession.... even if it's clearly apparent right after that that's not what it was. It illustrated a strong DoubleStandard in fandom between how much "evidence" fans require to believe in heterosexual desires, compared to gay ones. Which may or may not have been the point of that scene, with how much Yamamoto loves playing with conventional viewer expectations in her anime.

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*** On the topic of Yuri and Yuko, quite a few fans who insisted that Victor and Yuri never did enough to be a "canon" OfficialCouple [[spoiler: even after the BigDamnKiss TheBigDamnKiss ''and'' the engagement!]] saw Yuri as "canonically" bisexual based on him calling Yuko "cute" in episode 1, and the scene being framed as like a confession.... even if it's clearly apparent right after that that's not what it was. It illustrated a strong DoubleStandard in fandom between how much "evidence" fans require to believe in heterosexual desires, compared to gay ones. Which may or may not have been the point of that scene, with how much Yamamoto loves playing with conventional viewer expectations in her anime.



** A lot of the debate around whether the show ultimately "went far enough" in portraying [[spoiler: Victor and Yuri]] as an OfficialCouple 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 BigDamnKiss), 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 [[spoiler: Yuri and Victor]] hit aren't really that different from many popular ''heterosexual'' anime romances. It's worth noting that this variety of ValuesDissonance 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 [[ValuesDissonance/AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga page]] for this trope.

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** A lot of the debate around whether the show ultimately "went far enough" in portraying [[spoiler: Victor and Yuri]] as an OfficialCouple 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 TheBigDamnKiss very public BigDamnKiss), publicly), 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 [[spoiler: Yuri and Victor]] hit aren't really that different from many popular ''heterosexual'' anime romances. It's worth noting that this variety of ValuesDissonance 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 [[ValuesDissonance/AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga page]] for this trope.


** Both ''Yuri!!! on Ice'' fans and ''Manga/{{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.

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** Both ''Yuri!!! on Ice'' fans and ''Manga/{{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 2016 Fall season.


** There's a 85% chance that a ''Yuri!!! on Ice'' fan is also a fan of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', especially since both series are universally-praised for its positive and depthful representation of the LGBT+ community (see CounterpartComparison above).

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** There's a 85% chance that a ''Yuri!!! on Ice'' fan is also a fan of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', especially since both series are universally-praised for its positive and depthful representation of the LGBT+ community (see CounterpartComparison above).community.


* CounterpartComparison:
** In terms of characters:
*** Yuri and Victor to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion 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. (It's worth noting the series share a character designer, Tadashi Hiramatsu.)
*** Victor to [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub 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 [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} with their heads in the clouds]]. They're also both heavily interested in [[{{Meganekko}} shy, awkward, glasses-wearing]] characters who are way more down-to-earth than them.
*** Christophe has been jokingly described as Handsome [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Squidward]].
*** In the same vein, Georgi Popovich has been compared to Spongebob. His hilarious makeup and gratuitous [[{{Wangst}} Wangsting]] also made many people liken him to [[Film/{{Zoolander}} Derek Zoolander]]. In addition, his outfit for his free skate drew comparisons to [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]].
*** Yurio is starting to draw comparisons to [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon 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 [[Manga/{{Haikyuu}} 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, [[UsedToBeASweetKid 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 TheGadfly with a good dash of DeadpanSnarker while Yurio actually [[KickTheDog 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 InferioritySuperiorityComplex, 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 HardWorkHardlyWorks.
*** Other fans have also pointed out some comparisons between Yurio and [[Anime/{{Free}} Rin Matsuoka]], since they both are HotBlooded 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 [[Creator/YoshimasaHosoya same voice actor]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and are formally introduced in the series with a metal guitar riff]].
*** Victor/Yuri and [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Craig/Tweek]] are romantic ships that gained a powerful fanbase since the first episode (or in the [[Recap/SouthParkS3E5TweekVsCraig episode where they're first featured together]] for the latter couple), [[spoiler: and surprisingly became canon later on. Both pairings also have a RedOniBlueOni dynamic, with one character suffering from anxiety (Yuri and Tweek) and the other character being the calmer of the two but are inexperienced in dealing with their respective boyfriend's anxiety, with them even having an episode putting that problem on the forefront]]. What mainly sets them apart is that [[spoiler: Victor and Yuri getting together was planned from the beginning, while Craig and Tweek becoming a couple was a case of AscendedFanon, as can be seen in the episode [[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig "Tweek x Craig"]]]].
*** Yuri and Victor have some resemblance to [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth]], at least superficially: one is dark-haired, earnest, {{Adorkable}} (especially in his college-student incarnation) and initially has confidence issues despite being a very gifted lawyer; one is a silver-haired, cultured dandy (with a private dorky side of his own) who's top of the field in his chosen career. Their ultimately friendly, constructive teamwork and the fact that they are close in age, despite Edgeworth's greater experience and confidence, also make their dynamic similar in some ways. Like Victor, Edgeworth was initially Phoenix's idol/inspiration in his chosen career (although he has since [[{{BrokenPedestal}} fallen from that pedestal]] by becoming a ruthless prosecutor); like Victor, too, he is ultimately inspired by Phoenix to regain his passion for what he does. Edgeworth is a much more overtly damaged, repressed and straitlaced person than Victor is, due to the traumas of his past, but the similarities are nevertheless there. (While we're at it, Franziska von Karma, Edgeworth's {{Tsundere}} prodigy little sister, seems quite comparable to Yurio.)
** Regarding the anime itself:
*** ''Yuri!!! on Ice'' is often compared to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', 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 ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', as both series feature the main leads sharing copious amounts of sexual tension, [[spoiler: which is eventually resolved when said main leads become an OfficialCouple (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 [[spoiler: their progressing relationship with their respective love interests]]. However, those are the ''only'' similarities they share, since [[spoiler: while Victor and Yuri's romance is loving and good for both of them, [[MindGameShip Hannibal and Will's relationship]] is the epitome of a DestructiveRomance]].


** J.J. imagines the [[http://68.media.tumblr.com/ca92beede64d02cfb8730737a2cb1b5c/tumblr_oi8vicys7N1uwx0jwo1_1280.jpg five other competitors]] as a sort of FiveBadBand during his mental breakdown in the middle of his short program and it gave people the need for a ''Film/MeanGirls'' AU. The fact that Yurio stands at the forefront like he's Regina George and Yuri is portrayed as a [[TheVamp vampy]] FemmeFatale only cements the cravings.

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** J.J. imagines the [[http://68.media.tumblr.com/ca92beede64d02cfb8730737a2cb1b5c/tumblr_oi8vicys7N1uwx0jwo1_1280.jpg five other competitors]] as a sort of FiveBadBand villainous group during his mental breakdown in the middle of his short program and it gave people the need for a ''Film/MeanGirls'' AU. The fact that Yurio stands at the forefront like he's Regina George and Yuri is portrayed as a [[TheVamp vampy]] FemmeFatale only cements the cravings.


* AssPull: [[spoiler: 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, as real life skating would have placed them at different scores]]. See BrokenBase for the explanations.

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* AssPull: [[spoiler: Yurio winning gold and J.J. placing higher than Otabek in the Grand Prix Finals Final are analyzed as being grossly over-scored by the fandom, as real life skating would have placed them at different scores]]. See BrokenBase for the explanations.



** Isabella was initially viewed as TheScrappy after her introduction put a damp on the Yurio/J.J. ship, which was at the time a FanPreferredCouple, as well as coming off as a {{Jerkass}}. She earned more good will later after supporting J.J. when he [[spoiler: flubbed his short program at the Grand Prix Finals]], and Yurio/J.J. was abandoned with fans migrating to Otabek/Yurio.

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** Isabella was initially viewed as TheScrappy after her introduction put a damp on the Yurio/J.J. ship, which was at the time a FanPreferredCouple, as well as coming off as a {{Jerkass}}. She earned more good will later after supporting J.J. when he [[spoiler: flubbed his short program at the Grand Prix Finals]], Final]], and Yurio/J.J. was abandoned with fans migrating to Otabek/Yurio.



** J.J. may be self-centered, egocentric and even a little annoying, but it's impossible to not feel sorry for him, after [[spoiler: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, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments all his fans cheer on him greatly, particularly his girlfriend]]]].

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** J.J. may be self-centered, egocentric and even a little annoying, but it's impossible to not feel sorry for him, after [[spoiler: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.Final. Still, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments all his fans cheer on him greatly, particularly his girlfriend]]]].



* MemeticBadass: 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.

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* MemeticBadass: 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 Final instead of Yuri or Yurio, and often bring up his surname meaning "gold" to foreshadow his victory.



* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: In light of recent explanations given by fans that understand more of the scoring system used in ice skating and the large difference between [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:either Yuri will pull out an EleventhHourSuperpower 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 [[spoiler:Yuri underscored for some reason while Yurio overscored]] and the large variety of plotlines and [[CharacterArc 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 [[spoiler: 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]].

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* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: In light of recent explanations given by fans that understand more of the scoring system used in ice skating and the large difference between [[spoiler:Yuri and Yurio's scores in the short program of the Grand Prix Finals]], Final]], this is a reaction of a large quantity of fans that believe that [[spoiler:either Yuri will pull out an EleventhHourSuperpower 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 [[spoiler:Yuri underscored for some reason while Yurio overscored]] and the large variety of plotlines and [[CharacterArc 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 [[spoiler: 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]].Final]].



*** Episode 12 redeemed him once more (to an extent) after it's revealed that Yurio [[spoiler: ''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 [[spoiler: 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 they think it's far from enough to improve their opinions of his character.

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*** Episode 12 redeemed him once more (to an extent) after it's revealed that Yurio [[spoiler: ''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, Final, and it's probably the reason why he ''broke down crying'' after his performance]]. Overall, the reveal of [[spoiler: 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 they think it's far from enough to improve their opinions of his character.



* TheScrappy: 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 RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for many when she showed that she really does love J.J., even [[spoiler: 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 EnsembleDarkhorse.

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* TheScrappy: 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 RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for many when she showed that she really does love J.J., even [[spoiler: leading the cheer for him when he screws up terribly in the Grand Prix Finals]] Final]] in Episode 11, to the point where she became an EnsembleDarkhorse.



** [[spoiler:Yurio]] -- while wanting Yuri to keep competing -- [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Yuri may retire after the Grand Prix Finals]].

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** [[spoiler:Yurio]] -- while wanting Yuri to keep competing -- [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Yuri may retire after the Grand Prix Finals]].Final]].



** Victor, thinking that Yuri is shy and embarrassed about [[spoiler:pole-dancing and begging him to be his coach]], ''never'' brings it up during their months together while training and only finds out [[spoiler: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.
* TheWoobie: 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, Creator/ToshiyukiToyonaga, admitted that he cried from empathizing with Yuri during recording.

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** Victor, thinking that Yuri is shy and embarrassed about [[spoiler:pole-dancing and begging him to be his coach]], ''never'' brings it up during their months together while training and only finds out [[spoiler:Yuri doesn't remember anything at an informal dinner held before the Grand Prix Finals]].Final]]. 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.
* TheWoobie: 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; Final; 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, Creator/ToshiyukiToyonaga, admitted that he cried from empathizing with Yuri during recording.


** 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 MemeticSexGod Chris. This extends to commonly pairing them with each other, [[PairTheSpares mostly so they can go on double dates with their best friends]].

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** 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 MemeticSexGod SexGod Chris. This extends to commonly pairing them with each other, [[PairTheSpares mostly so they can go on double dates with their best friends]].


** J.J. and Otabek never speak to each other in the series, but are common enough in fanfiction together or [[OneTrueThreesome 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.

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** J.J. and Otabek never only speak to each other in the series, once, but are common enough in fanfiction together or [[OneTrueThreesome 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.apart.
** Minako and Lilia never interact at all, though there are still fans who ship them since they're both retired prima ballerinas (and given how famous they both were in the ballet world during their heydays, it's likely that they would have at least heard of each other).


** Episode 10 rescued Christophe from his BaseBreaker 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 [[spoiler: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 OnlyFriend and the end of the episode confirms that he is a ShipperOnDeck for Victor/Yuri.
** While he is more of a BaseBreaker, 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 [[spoiler: [[NotSoDifferent 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 [[spoiler: he places dead last in the short program, and the fans who didn't like him grew to appreciate him from [[GracefulLoser how he accepted his defeat with a smile]]]].

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** Episode 10 rescued Christophe from his BaseBreaker BaseBreakingCharacter 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 [[spoiler: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 OnlyFriend and the end of the episode confirms that he is a ShipperOnDeck for Victor/Yuri.
** While he is more of a BaseBreaker, BaseBreakingCharacter, 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 [[spoiler: [[NotSoDifferent 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 [[spoiler: he places dead last in the short program, and the fans who didn't like him grew to appreciate him from [[GracefulLoser how he accepted his defeat with a smile]]]].


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** The global skating community has a big love for the series (which qualifies for the trope since it's quite rare for sports anime and manga to gain such a big following from real athletes), including [[OneOfUs known anime fan]] Evgenia Medvedeva (who's cosplayed as Yuri), but other figure skaters who don't normally watch anime, such as Johnny Weir, have also enjoyed it. The skating community feel a number of aspects of the show capture their own experiences quite accurately and can relate to the characters.

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** The global skating community has a big love for the series (which qualifies for the trope since it's quite rare for sports anime and manga to gain such a big following from real athletes), including [[OneOfUs [[JustForFun/OneOfUs known anime fan]] Evgenia Medvedeva (who's cosplayed as Yuri), but other figure skaters who don't normally watch anime, such as Johnny Weir, have also enjoyed it. The skating community feel a number of aspects of the show capture their own experiences quite accurately and can relate to the characters.

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