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  • Adaptation Displacement: ... Wait, Candy Candy was originally a novel?
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Just how much does Eliza actually believe her own spiel about how Candy creates trouble wherever she goes and was responsible for Anthony's death and Terry leaving for America? Has she actually convinced herself that Candy is the true Problem Child and that everything bad that befalls her is her fault rather than Eliza's own? Or is she faking her grief over such events while really only fixated on tormenting Candy to make her life miserable For the Evulz and is just making a excuse for why she does so to say in front of others? She doesn't end up looking good either way, but it's left ambiguous enough that it's hard to determine if she has a legitimate mental illness/personality disorder or if she's just a Jerkass for no real reason. Episode 45 and Episode 50 in particular gives strong support to the former interpretation, but Eliza's appearances since then make the latter interpretation look more likely.
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  • Angst Aversion / Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: More than one watcher/reader ended up getting tired of all the relentless, neverending, borderline ridiculous melodrama surrounding Candy's life and, as a consequence, dropped the series.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The Regan family, mainly Neil and Eliza and their Hate Sink status. Some viewers find them to be Love to Hate characters and good antagonists for the series while others just flat out despise them in a way they can't even have fun with, as they feel like their perpetually two-dimensional portrayal and constant cruel bullying of Candy drags the show down. And while no one can deny that they're unlikable characters, a few might find them almost Unintentionally Sympathetic due to being the products of a spoiling, enabling upbringing by their mother yet get positioned as being almost Ultimate Evil within the story despite being little more than bratty children who, unless pushed to doing worse, usually resort to simple cruel pranks.
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  • Die for Our Ship: Susanna Marlowe is clingy, but she still doesn't deserve half the utter shit that fandom throws at her. Specially considering that she saved Terry's life and lost her leg and her acting career for it and that she actually told Terry to go after Candy a while after this. It was Terry who chose to stay by Susanna's side, and yet no one remembers it while blaming and slutshaming Susanna. And that when Terry was pressured into marrying Susanna, this came from Susanna's mother and not from Susanna herself.
  • Ear Worm: That blasted Mitsuko Horie theme song! Even viewers only lightly familiar with the series can merely read the words Sobakasu nante, ki ni shinai wa and be tormented by the song for the next few hours.
    • Whilst often cited as weaker than the original/Japanese theme by fans (largely due to its heavy disco flavoring for a show set in the early 20th century and association with one of the show's most notoriously awkward dubs), the English dub theme is surprisingly catchy.
    • On the related note of foreign dub themes than forgo the original's melody and lyrics altogether, the theme from the early '80s Italian dub is arguably one of the most memorable of these alternatives, particularly the opening guitar riff and main hook.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Italian fans hated the Bittersweet Ending so much that they forced the Italian editors to make them a sort-of Gecko Ending where Candy and Terry got together again.
    • And the French broadcasters just didn't want Anthony to die. The French dub said that he "fell from his horse and lost the use of his legs". And disappeared. Two of the episodes were edited later to fix the problem, but elements of the fake story remained in some other episodes.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In Latin-America, the Candy X Terry couple seems to be the most popular one, with lots of fanart and fanfiction (and lot of backlash towards their separation, leading to the creation of several Fix Fic stories where they became a couple again and get married)
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: VERY popular in Latin America, and in France where it was the very first shojo ever seen. It's also quite popular (and still well-remembered) in Italy.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Considering that Candy Candy is a shoujo manga from The '70s, it had pretty revolutionary 'messages': "Be honest to yourself", "Don't throw away your own beliefs", "Work hard to earn what you get in life", "Don't give up on your purposes", "Romance is important, yes, but not the end and be all to a life". The fandom, however, ignores almost all of them only to focus on the romantic part of the plot, and specially on loudly complaining because Candy and Terry didn't end up together. Even older fans in their 30's and 40's, who should know better, fall into this trap.
  • Moe: One of the earliest examples of this trope. Candy combines her sweetness with Heartwarming Orphan and The Pollyanna.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Periphery Demographic: A girls show that Latin American boys were more than willing to watch.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The cat fights, scuffles and screaming matches between Candy/Terry and Candy/Albert shippers subsist to this very day.
  • Squick: A friend of Candy's is pushed by his father to get married at 17. That's odd enough but not AS terrible... until you see that the "bride" is a girl who is very clearly under 10. Candy says it's strange, the little girl was shown to be uncomfortable, and the father ended up admitting it's not right.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Anthony's death.
    • Stear's death
    • "Separation on a snowy day" (A.K.A the episode that definitely sinks the relationship between Candy and Terry) is this for many viewers. It's so well done that even those who don't ship Candy x Terry are moved.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Charlie Sanders in episodes 81 and 82. We're meant to feel for him and view him as a Jerkass Woobie, but the fact that he's hiding from the law and gets Candy to harbor him in his hospital room thanks to having faked being Terry, his constant belligerence, his willingness to want to commit murder (even if his targets to be would be Asshole Victims), and the reveal that he physically assaulted his own mother before leaving her do a lot to negate any sympathy viewers could feel for him.
  • Values Resonance: A shoujo manga from The '70s that isn't necessarily centered ONLY on romance and tells people that they can be whatever they want to be in life, as long as they work hard for it? While the latter theme is not entirely new, it might seem more reminiscent of a modern work.
  • What an Idiot!: Candy is rather naive, yet rarely displays active stupidity. However, the time when she and Terry sneak outside the dorms to meet up with each other on the grounds of having supposedly received letters from one another, without actually checking on any sources AND despite clearly knowing the school's incredibly strict rules completely reeks of this trope. Eliza sure must've been thrilled to see her plan to get them expelled succeed even better and easier than even she'd expected.
  • The Woobie: Annie, Patty, Anthony, Susanna if you're charitable to her.
    • Iron Woobie: Candy, Archie.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Terry. His issues are pretty severe and understandable, but he brings a lot of misery on himself. And sometimes he makes Candy suffer a lot, too.
      • Eliza and Neil had their moments of this early on, being the products of a toxic, spoiling, and enabling upbringing by their mother that turned them into bratty children with no understanding of how to socialize with anyone outside their class (for Eliza it's most evident during the St. Paul Boarding School arc), but this ultimately fizzled out in favor of keeping them straight-up Jerkasses instead. Neil seemed to be becoming one again when he discovered he had feelings for Candy, but NOPE, he's still a raging asshole.
      • Louisa as well. One can't help but feel for her in Episode 50 when she's recalled from school and breaks down in sobs, feeling like she was unable to become a true lady like she felt pressured to become.
    • Stoic Woobie: Albert,and Frannie after learning her backstory.


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