- Complete Monster: Gohyannote initially just seems to be Akudaikahn's sly right-hand man that his other minions pick on. He starts to show his true colors when he takes Michiru and Kaoru back to Dark Fall while they're making their HeelFace Turn, where they're seemingly killed. Then he captures and tortures Flappy and Choppy for information. When the Pretty Cure defeat Akudaikahn, Gohyaan kills him and reveals he created Akudaikahn and Dark Fall to destroy Earth and the Land of Fountains. He then turns the Earth into a wasteland. He does all of this because he remembers the universe before it had any life and wants to return it to the silence it once was.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Michiru and Kaoru. Most fans who enjoy this season cite them as the main reason.
- Kintolesky, amongst the Generals of Dark Fall, is also the most well-remembered and liked. Moerumba has a few fans as well.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: One of Saki's classmates and friends is named Yuko. Eight years later, a character named Yuko becomes a Pretty Cure!
- Les Yay: Saki and Mai (principally in the movie), and later these two with Kaoru and Michiru, combined with Incest Subtext.
- The first ED had lots of holding-hands shots between Saki and Mai.
- Memetic Molester: Or more precisely, Memetic Paedophile; in-series Saki's little sister Minori is the Morality Pet of Kaoru, whose protectiveness and affection then degraded into perverted jokes quickly in fanworks.
- Memetic Mutation: "I want to lick Not-Nagisa's salty eyebrows." about Saki.
- Moral Event Horizon: Lord Akudaikahn condemning Michiru and Kaoru to a Fate Worse than Death. Gohyaan got his when he captured and tortured Flappy and Choppi.
- Replacement Scrappy: The most common complaint about this series. In just about every Precure poll, Saki and Mai rank amongst the lowest. Fortunately, it didn't last long thanks to a combination of gaining their distinct personalities and getting their series Vindicated by History.
- Tear Jerker: Quite a few... especially Michiru and Kaoru's "deaths" (two times!), and even an Alas, Poor Villain moment for Kintolesky and Shitataare.
- Vindicated by History: Back when this series first aired, it got quite a bit of backlash due to the lowered hand-to-hand combat elements compared to the previous series and feeling like too much of a retraux of the original. Nowadays, the series is seen with much more respect and is overall much more enjoyed, and it's given its due for introducing the now standard Dark Magical Girl joining the heroines' side. The darker plot and the flight mechanics to mix the elements it introduced with some new hand-to-hand fights near the end may have something to do with it as well. It still has some detractors, though the hate is not as much or as volatile as it used to be.
YMMV / Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star