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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the previous season consisted almost entirely of Filler episodes, Doki Doki's entire season is practically relevant to the plot.
    • The Latin dub for the Glitter Force adaptation clearly took to heart the complains from it's predecessor's dub by making everyone speak with a neutral accent and keeping the English terms as they were.
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  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • People in the fandom either think Mana/Cure Heart is a too-perfect protagonist who always gets away from actually learning anything because of her Plot Armor or think she's a great, strong protagonist whose flaws are still there even if she manages to push through them every time. There's a reason she gets the John Cena treatment.
    • Regina, early on. Some of the fans thought she was completely unlikable and that Makoto was right to reject her, others that she was cute and just needed help and that Mana was right to befriend her. This tapered off late in the series as both sides embraced Regina as someone the plot screwed over.
    • The Regina plot and the reveal of Cure Ace is either an ambitious subversion of the standard Dark Magical Girl plot or a poorly written Shocking Swerve. Or both.
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    • Aguri/Cure Ace. Is she a really badass and awesome new addition to the team or a badly shoehorned-in character who makes no sense? Is her being noticeably older than the Cures when transformed and noticeably younger when not appealing or off-putting? Is she a cool Aloof Ally who just wants to help the girls to get stronger, however indirectly, or is she a smug and condescending girl who does nothing to help the Cures but takes the credit anyway? Fans seem to be rather split on this.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Perhaps the only thing many fans liked about the otherwise-hated Cure Ace was her Transformation Sequence, especially the Sexy Silhouette.
  • Broken Base:
    • Is the Non-Serial Movie canon, or not? While Cure Ace's inclusion is quite tacked on, and the future everyone visited is lacking some individuals (mainly Joe and Regina), it's still possible for it to happen within the series' canon. Word of God even went on to clarify some contradictions, and revealed that there was supposed to be a Foreshadowing to the movie in one of earlier episodes. There are also several Canon Immigrants from the movie in the last three episodes.
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    • There is information that this series will be brought over as Seasons 3 and 4 of Saban Brands' Glitter Force dub series with even more episodes chopped out. Like with Smile Pretty Cure!, people are divided over having this series finally brought to America and the fact that it's still being handled by Saban.
      • With the release finally happening, it seems that the general consensus is about the same as the original Glitter Force series - it's a solid series that holds up on its own, especially with the changes. There are some who really like it but feel it's inferior to Doki Doki, some who think it's actually superior to Doki Doki and those who hold Doki Doki, flaws and all, in such a high regard that they hope it fails like they hoped that Glitter Force should have. In fact, at least one review on Netflix suggests ignoring some of the negative reviews as they were most likely done by purists who do want the series to fail.
    • And for Latin American fans, the dub for that region will be still handled by the same voice acting studio who did the dub of the previous series, albeit the opinions about the dub are somewhat more positive this time. It helps a lot the dub was done in Colombia, compared with the previous series, which was dubbed in the U.S. in a Spanish-speaking studio in Miami, FL.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Cure Ace not being Regina turns out to be this when you realize that Regina's seiyuu Kumiko Watanabe then-age, 47, would have been a big fat statistical outlier with respect to the ages of the Cure seiyuu until then, which range between 18 and 41.
  • Contested Sequel: Doki Doki! is the most polarizing season in the franchise thus far. Detractors are unhappy with this season due to perceived pacing problems as well as too much focus being given to Mana and Regina at the expense of the other characters, especially Rikka and Alice (albeit not quite to the extent the previous two seasons), while fans love the season for being Darker and Edgier and much more plot-heavy. And then there's the reveal of Cure Ace...
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Mana is shipped with previous season's Miyuki, thanks to the All-Stars New Stage 2 movie. And as in All-Stars New Stage 3, Megumi joins the fray.
    • Makoto used to be shipped a lot with the other Cures, Marie-Ange, and even Davi in her manager form.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Joe was already unpopular with certain fans due to being both uncomfortably creepy around the teenage protagonists and a male who could be shipped with the girls. And then episode 17 revealed that he was Princess Marie-Ange's fiance. This makes him a canon obstacle to a yuri pairing (Ange/Makoto) in a franchise where canon het couples are usually all-but-nonexistent, leaving the girls free to be shipped with each other. The fans who weren't fond of this reveal really weren't fond of this reveal.
    • Regina is becoming this for certain Mana/Rikka shippers, some of whom have complained that the focus put on Regina and Mana's interactions necessitates Mana's devoted childhood friend Rikka, who was already getting shafted somewhat in favor of Makoto, getting pushed aside even more in order to give focus to Mana's growing relationship with Regina.
    • And after Episode 26, Ira is getting a lot of heat from Mana/Rikka shippers.
    • Nikaidou is the enemy, if not THE enemy for shippers of every Les Yay couples that involves Mana. The hate began when one of movie promotional opening shows him blushing when Mana gets too close on him. It got worse in the last two episodes, where he starts using First-Name Basis on Mana (which only her family, fellow Cures, and Regina do so) and spends most of his time talking about Mana. The real kicker? Most of his appearances in the series itself don't have anything to do with Mana.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Regina quickly became this for the fanbase. In hindsight, they were onto something with that.
    • Ira, especially after episode 26 when he suffered a bout of Easy Amnesia and Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Ending Aversion: People are divided on the last episode. Specifically, whether you think it's a conclusive ending, or not conclusive at all. Then there's the fact that Mana no-sells and solos the final boss, as up to that point, other Precure had always finished the Big Bad off as a team. On the other hand, the True Final Boss was nothing more than an overpowered Monster of the Week who had no control over the actual Big Bad and merely corrupted him. The actual Big Bad was still beaten through team effort, without the need of an Eleventh Super Power. This however tends to be overlooked.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Makopi's manager, actually Davi in human form.
    • Alice's butler, Sebastian, is also quite well-liked. His stint as "Cure Batman" in episode 25 has definitely aided his popularity.
    • Mana's homeroom teacher Kido is surprisingly popular within Precure's Bara Genre fandom.
  • Even Better Sequel: This season is considered to be much better then the previous two seasons by a number of fans.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Mana/Rikka was a popular ship among fans before the show even aired. When Mana and Rikka were shown to have a great deal of Les Yay between them in canon (i.e. episode 2), the ship became even more popular, to the point of pretty much being this series' Hibiki/Kanade.
    • Judging by the amount of fanworks alone, Ira/Rikka is now the most popular hetero couple of Doki Doki, and one of the most popular of the franchise as a whole, only to be beaten by previous season's Wolfrun/Miyuki. To illustrate: in Pixiv, Ira/Rikka has 1000+ artworks. Other hetero couples of Doki Doki only reach one-tenth of it at most.
  • Foe Yay: Regina and Mana. Hammered home in episode 22, where they're shown sharing a bed in a rather romantic-looking manner.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Mana/Regina has become a popular choice. Ira/Rikka had become popular as well since episode 4, and became much more popular after episode 26.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The fact that this show was written in a way that should have prevented any potential dub cuts qualifies as this due to the fact that the Saban dub wiped out not just episodes and historic moments like Makoto signing as a failed cure for Regina's brainwashing, non-Charle fairies getting the Humanity Ensues treatment, and Reina getting character development, but also ''an entire arc involving Blood Rings and a crying baby that powers up monsters''!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Many people (especially in Japan) did not like (and still hate) Cure Ace because of her being revealed to be Aguri Madoka instead of being Regina like most predicted, which caused ratings and merchandise sales to decrease dramatically. However, among viewers of the Glitter Force Doki Doki dub, she's the most popular cure.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Makopi, whose Woobie-quotience is enough to break the Woobie-o-meter several times. She's a refugee from a magical kingdom which was destroyed down to the spiritual level. She's a questing-knight in search of her lost queen, who might have been dead all along. She's a Magical Girl Warrior fighting enemies made of the evil-defining aspect of humanity. And before she meet the other Cures, she's without allies except Davie.
    • Anything that can be applied to Makopi can be applied to fellow Knight of Trump Jonathan Klondike, known on Earth as Joe Okada. The poor man doesn't even have a fairy.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The show received this even before it even aired, due to unwarranted assumptions that it would be exactly like Fresh Pretty Cure!.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Regina, big-time.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Mana Aida is proving to be quite possibly the most shipped person in the series' history. Most of the girls that fans ship her with including Rikka, Alice, Makoto, Regina, and Aguri. And then there are jokes abound about how Dokidoki is a stealth Harem Series. Pixiv even has a tag specified for her harem (マナハーレム). And then she still gets shipped with at least five guys.
  • Les Yay: So many examples that it was given its own page.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Alice. Hell, there's even a tag on Pixiv called "Alice the War God". (武神ありす)
    • Her Butler, Sebastian, is also considered an in-universe Memetic Badass. He managed to create his own Cure lovead from scratch, too, if episode 25 is any indication.
    • Mana Aida herself qualifies, especially since she threw a freaking Jikochuu train in one episode.
  • Memetic Molester: Quite a few fans find Joe to be quite creepy, given his flirtatious comments and how touchy-feely he tends to be.
  • Memetic Mutation: See this page for examples.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Regina's involvement in the destruction of Makopi's homeworld may not have been a MEH after all, but Bel is revealed in episode 46 to have unambiguously crossed the MEH when he tried to corrupt Marie-Ange, which ultimately caused her to split in two and become Madoka Aguri and Regina.
  • Narm: When a Jikochuu is made from a Victim of the Week, the way the heart bursts out of the person's chest resembles the visual effect when a cartoon character is madly in love with someone. Their appearances are, as a rule, more stupid/cute than actually remotely scary at all.
  • Never Live It Down: Despite her growing characterization making her more bearable as the season went on, some people will never see Madoka Aguri as more than a Drill Sergeant Nasty that lashes out against the Cures for making a slight and honest mistake while overtaking the fifth Cure slot from fan-favorite Regina.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The destruction of the Trump Kingdom and the fate of its citizens. The younger kids probably won't understand what it's like to lose your home and your folks, but it makes the older kids (and the older audience) cringe.
  • Older Than They Think: A Magical Girl who harbors guilt over a past failure, and who is a foreigner on Earth who originally hails from the Magic World? Now where have we heard that before?
  • One-Scene Wonder: Alice's grandfather Ichirou is voiced by Mugihito, yet he only appears in one scene of one episode.
  • One True Threesome: It is either Makoto/Mana/Rikka, Regina/Mana/Rikka, Regina/Mana/Makoto. Ira/Rikka/Raquel is slowly gaining popularity too.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Aguri/Cure Ace was this for Regina fans. And there was a video of a girl crying when Ace is shown not to be Regina to fuel more hate. Thankfully, fans have mellowed down on her since she reveals more about herself.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Aguri, post-Character Development and after being revealed as a piece of Marie Ange.
  • The Scrappy: Thanks to episode 36, Yashima gets a lot of hate for introducing her boyfriend in front of Raquel (who gets a Precocious Crush on her), all while thanking him.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Marie-Ange/Marmo is this somewhat, probably because Marmo was the only Selfish member who personally confronted her.
    • Rikka/Ira was this, with fans producing bucket-loads of fanart based solely off Marmo briefly teasing Ira about having a crush on Rikka in episode 4... and then episode 26 happened.
    • From the Ho Yay side, Juujou/Kido is this, for not being shown interacting with each other.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The Mana/Regina shippers vs. Mana/everyone else shippers.
  • Shocking Swerve: Regina turning evil again and Cure Ace being someone we've never met.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: While everyone aside from Mana, Regina and Cure Ace can be seen as this, Alice in particular gets the short end of the stick, as it can seem like her only purpose on the show is to use Rosetta Reflection.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ai-chan just looks weird, being more humanoid-looking than other Pretty Cure fairies.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Takuya is Mana's real Designated Love Interest. Unlike Yashima who was revealed in the second trailer months before, he (and by extension Momota) wasn't confirmed to be in the movie until episode 37's opening, which was aired just a week before its premiere. And his scene in said opening? The Ship Tease scene with Mana.
    • Almost no one expected Chihiro to appear in the movie, much less being the one who found Mallow. She attends Mana's future wedding, too.
  • The Un-Twist: For the Sixth Ranger Pretty Cure. In past seasons they were either recurring characters who were friends with the heroes or former villains. Regina was the latter and fans assume she become a Pretty Cure. She didn't and it was actually given to a never before seen character in Aguri.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Between the Gender Blender Names, typical cute mascot looks, and the fact that they're all voiced by women that don't even try to sound masculine, it's very easy to miss the fact that Raquel and Lance are male.
  • Vindicated by History: Mana/Heart and Aguri/Ace were divisive during and after the show's run. However, they seem to get this as shown in in the 2015 Precure characters poll. Aguri was actually the top-ranking of the DokiDoki Cures, with Mana shortly following after her, and both rank in the top 10. This happens at least in the Japanese fandom as the two are still extremely polarizing characters in the West.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Aside from the series having relatively good animation throughout, Cure Ace's transformation takes this to a ridiculous level. It's almost near movie like when it comes to the animation quality and is considered to be the coolest looking transformation in the franchise to date. See it here in HD.

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