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  • Accidental Innuendo: Dom is the name of the Mad Scientist character Banri is playing as in The Stranger, but then title of Banri's The Stranger N backstage is Role Study: Dom. It is likely short for Dominic, though.
  • Ass Pull: The use of Mankai's urban legends to resolve the members' personal conflicts in Winter Troupe's Act 1 story can be considered this, especially considering their supernatural nature in a game that had no prior supernatural elements.
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  • Breather Level: Etude or Improv events in general. There is no ranking, and if you're lucky, you can even fully bloom the event SSR on the first day of the event. In addition, unlike other events, the type of show spawned in the practice depends on the practice character you choose, and it's fixed.
  • Cargo Ship: Izumi/Curry is a popular one.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: The game's playstyle is simplistic, but the story is praised a lot for its fun plot and interesting characters.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Itaru is easily the most popular troupe member. Not only is he voiced by Shintaro Asanuma, but his character arc strikes a chord with a lot of the older players. It also helps that he's a gamer, and provides plenty of Leaning on the Fourth Wall jokes.
    • Also Taichi, for his doglike personality and his darker motives for joining Mankai. Made even more popular by him crossdressing during the second performance.
    • Misumi is easily the most popular member of Summer Troupe and also one of the most popular characters in general.
  • Epileptic Trees: Not by much, but after the "Die By The Blade" event, theories that Kamikizaka Reni is related to Guy, and is possibly his father, came about. Compared to his treatment of the other Mankai members, Kamizaka's treatment of Guy was much kinder.
    • With the teaser for Act 3 coming out, there have been speculations about Mankai Company disbanding due to it mentioning "nothing lasts forever."
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  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: No, this game is not an otome game or dating sim. It's a joseimuke and the focus lies on platonic bonds.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The April Fools specials are rife with this, providing Alternate Universes interpretations of its own characters. Of note is the 2017 April Fool's High School A.U. that grew very popular in fan works.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: with AfterL!fe, Obey Me! and, to a lesser extent, Ayakashi: Romance Reborn. Many fans of A3! play at least one of the others.
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  • Genius Bonus: The gacha banner for My Master's Mesmerized by Mystery event is Knox's Ten Commandments, a famous set of rules or plot devices for detective fiction. The play in this event is a murder mystery.
  • Growing the Beard: Winter Troupe's arc in Main Story was considered the weakest out of all the Main Story arcs, but they get substantial development starting from their first troupe event My Master's Mesmerized by Mystery.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Azuma [The Other Me in the Mirror] backstage explores about Azuma's short hair for My Master's Mesmerized by Mystery. Azuma says that he used to have short hair and grew it out because people said he looked good with it. He also playfully asked if Izumi preferred him with short hair and wanted him to cut it. Comes Nocturnality, it is revealed that Azuma grows his hair out of prayer, hoping that his brother, whose body was never found after his family car got knocked off the cliff, would return to him someday.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: After Mankai Company vs God Troupe act-off, Reni hands over God Troupe's proceedings, which are then used for paying off Mankai's debt. The teaser for Act 3 reveals that back in the past, Reni used his money to build Mankai Company. There wouldn't have been Mankai Company without Reni.
    • A part of Shoutai lyrics has Kota, Tasuku's character in Nocturnality, sing a line that could be translated to "How could I possibly watch you go without doing anything" to Reo, Azuma's character. In Act 8, when Azuma was about to return to his family house for one last time before it was demolished, Tasuku insisted on following him. Tasuku found a hair comb, a birthday gift that Azuma's brother never got the chance to give to Azuma. It became Azuma's Tragic Keepsake.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One of Taichi's practice lines is "Wait, I die in this play?" As the story progresses, he dies in many plays he's in.
    • The first improv event to be translated came out around May 2020, in which there are multiple fixed gachas you can pull on by earning enough points from the stages you play, was the Beach Episode. It was preceded by the Heart of Surging Flame in Arknights, with similar mechanics (it was even the first event with multiple fixed gachas on the global version) which was also the Beach Episode of the game.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Izumi, naturally, since she's the player character.
    • Among the boys, Itaru best counts, being popularly shipped with Izumi, Banri, Sakuya, Tsuzuru, and Chikage, among others.
    • Tsumugi is also very shippable among the boys. He is commonly shipped with Izumi, Tasuku, and Banri.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • #This is Chigasaki Itaru, need something/#茅ヶ崎至ですけど何か Explanation 
    • #A3ENPlayersGoingToJailPartyExplanation 
    • Omi's Fuck House Explanation 
  • Narm: Due to how their crying voice clips sound, casting Homare or Citron as Luke or S in A Clockwork Heart theater can make its most tearjerking moment oddly hilarious.
  • Narm Charm: Homare's theme Kiteretsu Poemer. The lyrics refers to Homare's struggle to understand others with the loupe, which is supposed to be tearjerking, but the song itself is so chaotic (the sound of gong at the start and breaking glass later on, Homare laughing at several parts in the song and Leaning on the Fourth Wall at the end, etc) that it is more hilarious than sad, and the fanbase mainly loves it for the chaos.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Narmy as it is, Itaru showing his rude persona for the first time in the anime is pretty unnerving. When Izumi enters his room, it is all red as Itaru complains about losing his game. Then he rushes at her and pins her against the wall, all while being chillingly calm.
  • One True Threesome: Fans often ship "Fuyupoly," where Winter Troupe members are shipped together. It is an OT5, consisting of Tsumugi/Tasuku/Hisoka/Homare/Azuma, and OT6 if Guy is included.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Azuma's backstory. Imagine staying at home because you're sick and telling your family to have a safe trip as they went on a trip...only for them to get caught in a car crash and never return.
  • Shocking Moments: The revelation that Tsumugi's next lead role is a devil on JP, in contrast to his first lead role as an angel. Before that, in the PV, nobody even recognizes him in the costume and makeup.
    • When the game start screen switches to Tsumugi for the upcoming Act 9, he says that he will analyze every single details of his character to the point where he "kills" himself. No, no, he doesn't mean that; he means to reinvent himself and become someone else for this character, but still.
    • One of the chapter titles in Act 9 is Tsumugi Tsukioka's Murder Case.
  • Ugly Cute: The Torment Doll.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Tasuku is emotionally clumsy and aware of it, and his God Troupe days (no idle chatter allowed, everyone is pretty much fighting for the spotlight, etc) did a number on his social skills, but he is very harsh towards Tsumugi at the beginning of the Winter story, even though Tsumugi was partially at fault (ghosting Tasuku for years), and generally blunt, causing him to come across as less sympathetic for the audience.
  • Woolseyism: The A3! English localization by Cybird uses English slang and nods to memes in the dialogue to help capture and make the translations faithful to the nature of A3! stories and the characters. There are some fans who prefer a more literal translation of the dialogue over the usage of slang for the sake of making the English localization faithful to the nature of the game, however.

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