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  • Acceptable Targets: From the dub:
    Yuuri: (when discussing how to feed Morgif a human soul to power it up) "You can't expect me to take innocent lives of any quantity, even if they're Yankees fans."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: What exactly is the deal with the Maou? Is he a separate person who happens to share Yuuri's body a la Yu-Gi-Oh!? Is he the personification of Yuuri's darker side? Does Yuuri just have a dissociative personality disorder? No-one really knows.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Hate isn't the right word, but Conrad is considered boring to many Western fans for being the "perfect guy who completely understands Yuuri". It's this dedication that is rather fatherly that turns people off (when it comes to pairings, as Conrad/Yuuri is significantly more popular with Japanese fans than Western ones). See the Values Dissonance page for more details.
    • Despite this, Conrad/Yuuri seems to be a favorite ship among American fans, to the extent that for many years, the rare few excerpts that were translated from the novels were of the Conrad/Yuuri variety, such as the coffin scene in the Seisakoku Arc.
  • Anvilicious: The writing isn't exactly subtle when conveying the important themes of this show, what with Yuuri's constant monologues about how love is always the answer and you have to love everybody everywhere and never stop, ever! Although between Yuuri maturing into this role (which is honestly more about 'understanding and accepting everybody' than 'loving' them, although his vocabulary is noticeably influenced by his mother), the fact that the narrative allows many dissidents to be rounded characters who have good points counterbalances this rather. We are not forced to believe Gwendal is being unreasonable in preparing for war all the time, or that Conrad's willingness to sacrifice anything and anyone for Yuuri is not a potentially valid alternate morality.
  • Badass Decay: Saralegui starts off as cool and diabolical, and by the end of the series is... a little childish.
    • But when you think about it, he was a child all along. Since he was abandoned by his mother and ignored by his father, he probably felt alone and came up with his scheme to interact with people in the only way he knew how. In order words, he tried to take over Yuuri's body and rule over everything because he wanted to be loved.
  • Creator's Pet: Saralegui is accused of being one especially by the shippers given that he's introduced in season 3 and takes the spotlight away from Yuuri's other companions as well as being set up with the most Ship Tease in that season despite the development that happened in the previous two seasons.
  • Creator's Favorite: Tomo Takabayashi, writer of the light novels, is very open with her love of Wolfram. In interviews, she has mentioned she can't help but want to give him everything he wants, and has also complained about his popularity levels.
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  • Creator's Pest: Condrad. In the booklet "This Light Novel Author is Awesome," she stated that she "wanted to hit him in the back of the head with the heel of [her] shoe" when writing him, and noted that he was "regrettably" popular with fans. In another interview, she mentions spending years thinking about how to kill him off, but she was dissuaded by her editor from doing so.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Not as frequent as other fandoms but Saralegui gets a lot of flak from any other person that prefers Yuuri with someone else (mainly Yuuri/Wolfram fans). After all his previously built-up relationships with other guys never cracking his Transparent Closet, Yuuri suddenly crushes on Sara for shallow reasons.
    • Conrad also frequently gets the Ron the Death Eater treatment from the more militant Yuuri/Wolfram fans.
    • The reverse is also true in Conrad/Yuuri fanfiction. Either that, or Wolfram gets over his feelings far too easily for a Clingy Jealous Guy with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Epileptic Trees: Mazoku aging; HOW DOES IT WORK!? Just take a look see at the entry for Younger Than They Look. The Headscratchers page is as of now completely devoted to the question.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In the Western fandom, Yuuri/Wolfram, Conrad/Yozak, Gwendal/Gunther and Shinou/Murata. In the Eastern fandom the popular pairings are Conrad/Yuuri and Yozak/Murata instead.
  • Genius Bonus: The uniforms of Conrad, Wolfram, and Gwendal. Few people would know that they are patterned on real historical uniforms.
  • Het Is Ew: Inevitable, given the below trope.
  • Ho Yay: Abounds, even between characters who aren't blatantly being teased.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Saralegui.
    • And before him Shinou.
  • Moral Event Horizon: King Belar has already crosses this in his backstory when he kills the previous owner of one of the four keys in order to activate the boxes. It gets worse from there.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The gremlin-style Bearbees.
  • The Scrappy: Saralegui is not well liked in the fandom for many reasons.
    • 1. He starts out as a pretty good villain (or at least Anti-Villain) but goes through Badass Decay to the point that people thought his character was wasted.
    • 2. His character design turns a lot of people off especially since Yuuri who has been claiming to like girls the entire series suddenly develops a crush on him if only because of his feminine appearance, which makes Yuuri look shallow.
    • 3. He gets in the way of all the pairings involving Yuuri. Especially jarring because he's introduced in season 3 and gets the most Ship Tease with Yuuri effectively pushing the other characters like Wolfram or Conrad out of the picture making shippers declare that he's a Creator's Pet.
  • Seasonal Rot: The third season was met with a pretty lukewarm fan reception, compared to the first two.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Several, but Yuuri/Wolfram vs. Conrad/Yuuri is probably the biggest one. Or Yuuri/Wolfram vs. any other Yuuri pairing, as is often the case in the English-language fandom.
  • Villain Decay: King Belar went from a serious villain to a joke that the Maou tribe doesn't take seriously anymore.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The keys to the boxes are Conrad's arm, Gwendal's eye, Wolfram's heart, and Yuuri's soul.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Take Fushigi Yuugi and combine with Ho Yay and a good amount of acid.

Alternative Title(s): Kyou Kara Maou


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