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Tropes common to IC Japan

  • Actor-Shared Background: The character of Chairman Kaga is quite different from the actor Takeshi Kaga, but both were born in Kanazawa.
  • Edited for Syndication: There was a lot cut from the final episode to get it to fit sixty minutes and the loads of commercials Food Network aired. Namely, a procession of all the challengers, a speech of thanks from Sakai, a farewell speech from Chen on behalf of all the Iron Chefs, Kaga bidding his Iron Chefs to now 'sleep' as their podiums are lowered, a farewell speech from Kaga, him biting one last yellow bell pepper as the camera zooms out on the challengers holding bell peppers, led by Hattori, Kandagawa, and Shu Tomitoku, one of the earliest challengers, and an epilogue by Kaga that hinted at the Millennium Cup's existence (though that last cut is understandable, as Food Network never dubbed it).
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  • Milestone Celebration: The 2000th Dish Battle. Two teams of Iron Chefs compete in a French vs Chinese battle.
  • Missing Episode: Due to a combination of Food Network not licensing all the episodes and no official DVD or archive of the episodes, many episodes are considered missing, including, tragically enough, a few of the specials. There is a website dedicated to finding as many of the missing episodes as possible from old VCR recordings, but per the Keep Circulating the Tapes rules, it can't be linked.
  • No Export for You: Most Nakamura-era and Ishinabe-era battles.

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Tropes common to IC (Western)

  • Bad Export for You: The UK version used a confusing 4 vs 1 two-round format.
    • Someone described it as 'MasterChef with the Iron Chef label slapped on'.
  • Creator Backlash: Hiroyuki Sakai expressed distaste at IC America's Kitchen Stadium, believing it to be a cold and sterile design.
  • Development Hell: Season 13 of Iron Chef America has been stuck in "will they or won't they" for two years.
    • With a retool, it finally began airing in Fall 2017 as Iron Chef Showdown.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Michael Symon is clearly a big fan of his fellow Iron Chefs. On both ICA and Cook Like An Iron Chef he makes regular references to their habits and styles (e.g. he mentions Morimoto every time he's chopping up a lot of ingredients).

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Tropes common to all versions

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Sadly, due to length/licensing issues, Iron Chef will likely never make it to DVD, leaving people to keep their old recorded tapes or search the net.
    • Peculiarly enough, ditto for Iron Chef America: only the Battle of the Masters is out on DVD.
    • Averted in Australia: You Can Buy DVD's of the Dubbed Japanese version from SBS.
  • The Pete Best: Iron Chef Ishinabe. note 
    • And for American audiences, Nakamura.
    • In ICA, Wolfgang Puck.

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