- Anti-Climax Boss: If the Apostles in GZ weren't worthless enough, Gyze himself figures out a way to disappoint over two SERIES worth of build up. You beat Shiranui, the Big Bad of the previous season, and then lose to every member of Try 3. While we knew Chrono was going to win, he also lost to Tokoha and Shion who he was fighting at the same time. That's right the FINAL BOSS OF VANGUARD G GETS ONE WIN!
- Awesome Music: Vanguard G gets off to a great start with its opening, Break It, sung by none other than Mamoru Miyano. He later goes on to another great opening with Shout a great opening matching the tone of Stride Gate
- Badass Decay: Tends to subvert this trend by having either the main antagonist lose at the end or have their subordinates lose before hand to help hype up the next fight. However, as if to respond to how abysmal the heroes win-lose record was in Legon Mate, GZ makes the villians look like chumps. It was established early in NEXT that difriders are difficult opponents to defeat due to their connection to their units, this was made obvious when Team Diffrider only started losing near the end when the protagonists connections to their own units became stronger. In GZ, the apostles, a villian group comprised of nothing but diffriders and posed a strong threat towards the heroes, are defeated rater easily, typically getting only one win and then lose the next fight. Valeos and Chaos Breaker were the only ones to defy this trope, but it made them so worthless as villians in the end. Gastile, the supposed leader, doesn't even get a win before being defeated.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In Episode 46 of Vanguard G, after losing to Chrono and resigning his post as the Branch Manager of the United Sanctuary district Kanzaki rides his horse down the side of the UN HQ building on his way out. No, really.
- Crosses the Line Twice: It certainly was not intended to be so, but the United Sanctuary Branch Manager's speech after winning his exhibition match at the start of Vanguard G's regionals in episode 27 is so mean-spirited and hateful and just plain rude, but done in a rather over the top fashion that leaves the audience dumbstruck, can come off as being unintentionally hilarious when taking everything into consideration. Doesn't help that he is a tall, wild-haired, slender Bishōnen young man in an immaculate suit wearing eye shadow. Him dropping the mic when he's finished his speech before walking off just completely sells it, too.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Of the G era characters, nobody comes close to the epicness that is Kanzaki. Dispite being the main antagonist of Season 1 of Vanguard G, he steals every scene he shows up in due to his over the top personality and style.
- Memetic Mutation: A few of these:
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Chrono vs Rive, the father and son fight, the former champion vs the newly crowned Under 20 Champion, whatever title you wanna give it, don't bother because it never happened. A fight that was basically an entire SERIES worth of build up... only for Chrono to meet Rive at some desert to reclaim his G-Zone and never talking to him for the rest of the series.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Remember all those neat characters that were introduced or re-introduced in G NEXT who had their own motivations and desires for entering the Under 20 Tournament? GZ certainly doesn't. If your name isn't Kazuma or Onimaru or if you aren't apart of TRY 3 or Q4, you aren't important.
- Primary example is GZ's treatment of Team New Nippon, established early on as a strong threat in NEXT, later Kai personally trained Arata and Makoto to help save Noa, but then lose to Gredora once and never fight onscreen again.
- Frankly, even Kazuma and Kazumi were wasted. In the first half of GZ, it's established that Kazuma's deeply insecure about how much Chrono's helped him and wants to repay him... only to wind up possessed and incapable of doing anything for the rest of the show, forcing him to rely on Chrono's help yet again. Meanwhile, Kazumi spends the entire season trying to protect his little brother and make up for failing him as a child... only to fail again at every single chance he gets and needing Chrono to help Kazuma for him. Neither of them get any resolution on their main issues.
- The Un-Twist: Many fans thought Ace was a disguised Am well before it was confirmed in episode 17 of GIRS Crisis. It became more obvious when the episode preview showed that Ace's clan was a Granblue deck focusing on Nightrose, Am's deck.
YMMV / Cardfight!! Vanguard G