- Awesome Music: "Kimi ga suki da to sakebitai" and "Sekai ga owaru made wa"
- "Common Knowledge": A piece of trivia commonly thrown around in Latin American circles, both online and off, is that Sakuragi is based on a real Japanese basketball player; some people even claim the show is loosely biographical.
- Die for Our Ship: Poor Haruko. And sometimes, poor Sendoh. But MUCH less, fandom says.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Lampshaded. Uekasa believes he's one, but he's probably the least popular of the Ryonan players.
- Fanon: No, it's never stated that Mitsui has to repeat his senior year at any point in the manga. Fans commonly misinterpret the last chapter (Akagi and Kogure quit the team to study for exams while Mitsui stays and feels "lonesome") as meaning Mitsui having to stay at Shohoku for another year. In 10 Days Later it's revealed he's staying for the Winter Tournament (which takes place during the second semester of the school year) so that he he can possibly get a scholarship to a university instead. Although it is possible Mitsui later repeats senior year, it's not set in stone in the canon itself.
- Foe Yay:
- Sakuragi with both Rukawa and Sendoh.
- Akagi with Uozumi.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The one-shot prequel, Piercings (which was published two years after the series ended), milks these tropes for all they're worth.
- In one of the earlier chapters of Slam Dunk, Miyagi beats a delinquent half to death for slapping Ayako, declaring that no one should ever hit a girl. When he was eleven he slapped her for littering, got slapped back and bitten by her, and only reacted negatively when she hurt her leg quite badly.
- At the end of the one-shot, Ayako tells him to keep a picture of her on his desk so he can see her everyday; he thinks this is an absurd idea. Five years later, he not only keeps a picture of her on his desk but talks to it every morning.
- In a more meta-example, Kiyoyuki Yanada's role as Takenori Akagi is pretty hilarious if one takes into account he dubbed Patrick Ewing, the player whose Akagi is based of, in the Japanese dub of Space Jam.
- Even more hilariously with Kaede Rukawa who wants to go to America to hone his skills as a basketball player much to Coach Anzai's disappointment. It seems to him that he went to America minus the basketball skills in a more hilarious way.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Beloved by both of the Spanish-speaking fandoms, though the Latin-American one is more vocal.
- This show as notably popular in the Philippines as well, possibly because of basketball's popularity in that country. Many people still watch it even now.
- Very popular in South Korea, to the point where certain lines have been meme-fied.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Takenori Akagi is voiced in Japanese by Kiyoyuki Yanada, who later dubbed Patrick Ewing, the model for Akagi, in the Japanese dub of Space Jam.
- Self-Fanservice: Many of the male characters are attractive anyway, though female fans draw them as generic pretty boys from time to time.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Just before the nationals story arc, the various teams that will be playing are introduced, featuring the top players and even offering a much stronger rival for Sakuragi. And so it was a shock to many fans that it turned out that Shohuku lasts for only three games, with the second one being the Grand Finale and the third (where Shohoku lost) being only mentioned right before the epilogue.
- The Woobie:
- Yasuda's shy and good-natured which naturally means he's pushed around in a team full of alpha males.
- Uozumi (his backstory oif loneliness and school bullying is a Tear Jerker)
- God, does Youko need a hug when you see her flashbacks in the first movie. Thank God Oda straightened up his act.
YMMV / Slam Dunk