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    The franchise in general 
  • Adorkable: Mametchi is always geeking out over something scientific and a little awkward, and he's adorable.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The franchise is highly despised in Italy. However, they miraculously got the first movie dubbed as well as a translation of Manga de Hakken! Tamagotchi; even those couldn't bring its popularity up despite the fact that the former is still common to find online.
  • Archive Panic: This is a surprisingly large franchise to experience in its entirety.
    • For starters, there are over 50 virtual pets to collect as of 2020.
    • There's also the 2009 television show with its 271 episodes that are each 24 minutes long including the intro and end credits, which would be over 6,000 minutes or just barely over four days of material to watch with no breaks. The 1997 TV show, Anime TV de Hakken!! Tamagotchi, thankfully only clocks in at 27 episodes that are all very short; Let's Go! Tamagotchi is no different with 12 short episodes.
    • There are two feature-length films, Tamagotchi: The Movie and Tamagotchi: Happiest Story in the Universe!, and two short films, Tamagotchi Honto no Hanashi and Eiga Tamagotchi: Himitsu no Otodoke Dai Sakusen!.
    • And then you have a bunch of Licensed Games and a few manga series and books, among other adaptations and merchandise.
  • Awesome Art: A lot of the animation and backgrounds in the theatrical films and TV show are really well done and nice to look at. It helps that they're all animated by OLM Incorporated, who have also animated the similarly fluid Pokémon anime.
  • Broken Base: In the English-speaking world, how do you pronounce the third syllable? The fandom generally says "Tom-ah-GOT-chee" though there is infighting with a minority which prefers "Tom-ah-GOO-chee". Tamagotchi Video Adventures tried to pass off "Tom-ah-GO-chee" based on how the "O" is enunciated in Japanese, though only die-hard fans accepted this. Anime adaptations starting in the 2000s have used "Tom-ah-GOT-chee".
  • Draco in Leather Pants: It's not uncommon for characters brought on from neglect or abuse to be as popular as the perfectly healthy ones, despite many of them being listed in their bios as being nowhere as pleasant as the healthier ones.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: This was inevitable given the amount of characters, but several of the secondary characters seem to have their fair share of fans. In particular, Mimitchi's character profile pamphlet that was released with the character's Gotchi Gear carrying pouch states that she, not Mametchi, is the most popular Tamagotchi character.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Calling the Tamagotchi a "Nano Pet" or a "Giga Pet", both of which were Tamagotchi's only competitors in America in 1997. Similarly, calling either of those products, or the myriad other copy-cat products that came after, a "Tamagotchi". Tamagotchi came first, while the others were trying to get in on the craze.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Apparently, there is a cult following of Tamagotchi in Poland.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kenji Watanabe, the character designer for the original Tamagotchis, initially wanted to scrap Mametchi because he felt it was too "cute" compared to what he thought the Tamagotchis should look like. Decades later, Mametchi would be overshadowed by new Tamagotchis that were even cuter than him.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The music for "Left or Right" from the Game Boy game, due to Protonjon featuring it during his Fortune Cookie streams.
    • "I like Toxins. My dream is Eat dirt."explanation 
  • Moe: Go find any character in the franchise (especially the modern-series ones) and tell us they're not absolutely precious and huggable-looking. Even the less appealing characters fall under Ugly Cute.
  • More Popular Spin-Off: Digimon, the franchise's Spear Counterpart, stayed active more or less continuously since its debut. Tamagotchi, on the other hand, had an initial burst of popularity followed by a quick drop off as other companies released their own versions, sometimes even overshadowing it. The franchise has recovered somewhat after a few false starts. Innovation of the virtual pet concept with deeper gameplay, color screens, wireless connectivity and more have turned it from a must-have fad item into a not-quite-as-popular mid-tier toy brand.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • The franchise is primarily aimed at girls, but there are quite a few boys who like it as well. Though, it was originally meant to be more gender neutral before the Digimon v-pet made boys gravitate toward it instead.
    • There's a decent amount of adult fans of this series despite it being made primarily for children. This is particularly evident in the anime's American fanbase, which consists almost entirely of teens and adults.
    • The large number of crossover versions is a result of Bandai attempting to cater to its periphery demographics, primarily fans of anime and video games.
  • That One Level: Level 59 of Tap and Hatch. It can be completed without paying for power-ups, but it's an agonizing endeavor.
  • Ugly Cute: Many of the characters obtained from neglect have a sort of charm all their own.
  • Woolseyism: A number of character and location names are often changed during localization. Whether the changes work or not varies by the person. The Tamagotchi Angel may be the most divisive in this regard, as all of the names are literal translations; for example, "Kuriten" is called "Chestnut Angel".

    The toys 
  • Heartwarming Moments: Seeing two Tamagotchis marry.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The various sounds used to indicate a Tamagotchi evolving. And as of the modern versions, the "victory" sound when perfectly completing a game.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Game Boy games ramp up the original releases' death sequences by adding flashing screens and a montage of the Tamagotchi in a number of poses (many of which indicate they are in agony), topped off with a rather depressing song as its spirit floats about. It isn't exactly the best material for its target audience. While the second game removed the flashing screen, the third one replaced the original death theme with a much creepier new one.
  • Player Punch: The death sequence on any Tamagotchi is drawn out to be as heartbreaking as possible. particularly on the originals where the Tamagotchi lays down ill while a heart monitor plays and gradually slows until the flatline. This is turned Up to Eleven on the Game Boy edition, where you're forced to watch your Tamagotchi's last moments while sad, solemn music plays.
  • Porting Disaster: The Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. apps are ports of the original virtual pets. While there are minor issues like the animations being off, the biggest issue is how the pets' growth patterns and conditions are altered or don't exist, meaning it's nearly impossible to get certain characters.
    • The Generation 2 update completely changes the mechanics of the Gen 2 game, adding the number 0 (originally it only allowed 1 through 9), letting the pet's second number sometimes be the same as the first, and the "next" number after a round is random instead of the last number they thought of.
    • The Angel app has the programming and sprites in place for using the Praise icon, but the pet never calls for it. Worse, there's much more leeway on raising it, so a player could obtain the best character with absolutely no effort, while getting anything less requires carefully balancing neglect and care, and some luck.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The original Game Boy game is notorious for how easy killing a Tamagotchi is (even moreso than the Ocean) and the frustrating mechanics of the games. Even if you don't neglect it, it might suddenly just decide to die out of nowhere. The entire Game Boy trilogy's death scenes are also infamous for their disturbing ways of playing out, even to some adults.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The overall toy; many people have had less trouble taking care of a real animal than a Tamagotchi or anything similar. It's particularly bad with the vintage releases - as the Tamagotchi grows older, the rate at which its hearts begin to deplete grows until the point where they're needier than the babies.
    • The Ocean takes the crown for being one of the hardest Tamagotchi releases to raise - it may be popular for its rarity, but it definitely isn't beloved for its gameplay. Every character on the device is unusually fragile (Even Ningyotchi loses hearts quicker than a teenager and will be lucky to outlive something like a Nyorotchi, two major differences compared to every other special adult on the vintage pets), the predator system means that a close eye needs to be kept more than usual so the Tamagotchi doesn't die, and the RNG-based game has a chance to empty all of the happy hearts and water quality. Most young Tamagotchi on vintage releases naturally get sick once a stage about 12-24 hours before evolution - Kuragetchi and the teens naturally get sick multiple times every day. Failure to raise the discipline bar beyond 5/7 before evolution time results in death, and nothing in the manual warns you of this.
    • The Push Notifications for the iPhone edition quickly become this once the baby's born.
    • The Happiness meter on the Tamagotchi M!x and On. Replacing the original Happy meter, it's measured in points (0-100, represented by 20 colored squares). It affects not only how the Tamagotchi grows, but also how it behaves and reacts to the user. The problem is raising the Happiness takes a huge amount of time, it lowers very quickly, and it can only be filled halfway during the first three stages of life, which the instructions don't warn you about. The end result is a lot of Tamagotchis sadly sulking in the corner of their room, with players not understanding what they're doing wrong.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When your Tamagotchi dies.
    • When a Tamagotchi that proposes on the M!x and On gets rejected. A sad song plays as they stand there, sobbing and alone, before flinging their proposal ring away.
  • That One Sidequest:
    • Obtaining Lucky Unchi-kun on the Angel, let alone a raisable one, is purely a Luck-Based Mission. Cactus Angel/Smiling Angel have a chance of their usual farewell screen being replaced by a faceless Lucky Unchi-kun, and starting a new run but not touching any of the buttons at all until it departs nearly a week later may also produce such a farewell screen. Whether or not you can obtain the raisable iteration is decided when an Ghost Jr. is born with a minuscule chance, the only way to find out until it is due to evolve into Marutchi Angel an hour later is if its Angel Power manages to surpass 30, loses hearts much slower than usual, takes a stroll, prays, doesn't take a nap or falls asleep when nightfall comes. Should this Ghost Jr. be kept alive for about a week, it will evolve into Lucky Unchi-kun.
    • Ashigyotchi, the unhealthiest adult on the Ocean, is thoroughly believed to be harder to obtain than Ningyotchi due to how susceptible the characters are to neglect. It is believed to be possible to raise a character on the device to adulthood without ever feeding or playing games with it, but attaining sufficient discipline points is vital to keeping it alive. However, getting the discipline required for evolution will likely cause Kuragetchi to evolve into Otototchi, whose unhealthiest possible adult is Kujiratchi.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The iD L 15th Anniversary Version in Japan. It was meant to be a celebration of Tamagotchi toys for the past fifteen years...except Bandai put the character roster up as a poll on the site, where people could vote on which adult characters they wanted. As much of the original audience in Japan was gone and replaced with those who know Tamagotchi primarily from the anime adaptation, the end result was only five vintage adult characters making the cut (out of 32 total adult characters), while the rest of the cast comprised of characters made popular by the anime.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The Tamagotchi Smart is full of this, something Bandai admitted to in press regarding the device. The food and items are now ordered through an app instead of visiting a store, a new smartspeaker character tells the user about events and sales, the house is cleaned by a Roomba-like vacuum cleaner robot, the games are now "Tama Work" gig jobs, and the Tamagotchi marries through a dating app.
    • The Pix has elements of this as well, though more downplayed than the Smart. The Pix can order food and items from an app, but can still visit the traditional restaurant and shop. The Pix also lets the user upload photos to the Tama's social media account, and then see other characters reacting.

    The 2009 anime 
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Pianitchi/Smartotchi, by way of Smartotchi also taking on the alias of X-Kamen and being the Arc Villain of Miracle Friends.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Depending on who you ask, Himespetchi is either adorable and a perfect choice for shipping with Mametchi, or an unnerving stalker with little characterization outside of her crush.
    • Kuchipatchi; some fans find him to be a funny character who provides much of the humor on the show, while others find him to be a Fat Idiot who eats way too much.
    • Memetchi has recently became a somewhat controversial character, on the one hand, many fans like her for being a cute, adorable, innocent alien who just has trouble controlling herself when angered, on the other hand however, some fans have seen her as a bossy Bratty Half-Pint & a Jerkass due to her actions in the episode "The Power of Gossip" and being a manipulative & spoiled jerk to others in that said episode. Being a Karma Houdini at times doesn’t help at all.
  • Bizarro Episode: The first half of episode 30 gets pretty surreal for a Tamagotchi episode. Mametchi and Chamametchi are just relaxing and watching an episode of Gotchiman when a giant corn-shaped spaceship appears out of nowhere and causes everyone besides Mametchi and Chamametchi to look like their mother Mamametchi. Including their dad, Papamametchi. The kids have to figure out which one's actually their mother based on the food they've cooked for them... and they guess wrong. And then the one that actually is their mother gets angry, grows in size until she's bigger than Tamagotchi Planet, and then CONSUMES all of Tamagotchi Planet in her anger. It's All Just a Dream, thankfully, but still.
  • Creator's Pet: Although Lovelitchi/Lovelin has plenty of fans, she can come off as this to those who aren't too fond of her. She's an extremely popular and talented idol who gets talked up by everyone and is adored by her staff and classmates alike. Many episodes throughout the course of the first and fourth sagas also focused more on her than other characters who had existed longer and had a larger role in the franchise. This has also applied to the virtual pets, where she's been a raisable character gotten through high-quality care on almost every release since her introduction. It's more of an Executive's Pet than a Creator's Pet in this case, as idol culture is extremely popular in Japan, and Bandai wanted to cash in on that HARD at the time. Even the second and third sagas, both of which don't feature Lovelitchi aside from one episode in the former, have similar characters designed for similar purposes.
  • Cult Classic: While the Tamagotchi digital pets aren't exactly staples of pop culture in the English-speaking world outside of 90's nostalgia, people are more likely to recognize them than the anime. With that said, the anime still has a tiny, yet dedicated fandom in the West. It helps that a small handful of episodes have been dubbed in English.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There are a handful of pairings that have been shipped by groups of fans, both heterosexual and homosexual:
    • Lovelitchi & Mametchi
    • Lovelitchi & Kuromametchi
    • Himespetchi & Mametchi
    • Neenetchi & Kuromametchi
    • Pianitchi & Smartotchi
    • Flowertchi & Gozarutchi
    • Chamametchi & Kikitchi
    • Chamametchi & Pipospetchi
    • Kuromametchi & Orenetchi
    • Kuromametchi & Mametchi
    • Lovelitchi & Melodytchi
    • Yumemitchi & Kiraritchi
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • In Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream episode 22, Ikaritchi and Aguritchi reunite, and Ikaritchi finally shows Mametchi respect and appreciation.
    • In Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream episode 26, Mametchi finally learns how to sing, and sings a little song for Himespetchi.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Turns out Mametchi's English and Japanese voice actresses both starred in DokiDoki! Pretty Cure!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Memetchi can be quite a jerk, but has moments where you can't help but be sad for her anyway. In "The Power of Gossip!", she goes all out in making a rumor about Safetytchi... because she and Uwasatchi had made their own rumor about Memetchi's hair.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Mametchi has been shipped with almost every female character more than a few times, Lovelitchi and Himespetchi being especially common choices for pairing. He's also been shipped with some male characters, like Kuromametchi.
  • Nightmare Fuel: That...awful robot husband Mametchi builds in Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream episode 25. Especially its crude face. Mametchi's friends are rightfully unnerved.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show has attracted fans who weren't already fans of the original toys. To quote one fan, "I do not own a Tamagotchi toy, but the anime TV show is what got me into all this madness. Long story short, cute stuff tends to be my weakness."
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • "Mamespetchi" for Mametchi/Himespetchi.
    • "Kuroneenetchi" has been invented for Kuromametchi/Neenetchi.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: It's a series for girls and is based off of toys that are primarily aimed at girls. You've got a whole array of characters who look absolutely adorable and huggable. It's all pretty unbearably cutesy to begin with, but then there's Himespetchi with her saccharine daydreams about Mametchi, whom she loves so much that she's gone into Stalker with a Crush territory (without being too creepy, this being a children's show).
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Episode 143, where Kizunatchi nearly dies while taking care of the spreading egg curse and slowly plummets to the ground as Mametchi and his friends all run towards her and shout that they'd rather be cursed than to see her die. Even if it's a Disney Death and Kizunatchi evolves from the power of the Tama Hearts and manages to vanquish the epidemic once and for all, it's still a bit of a pain to watch.
    • Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream episode 20 is full of this. Mametchi's still miserable after losing the competition in the last episode, and an argument with Ikaritchi prompts him to run away and find a new place to stay. Even worse, he later visits Himespetchi and asks her to bring him back to Tamagotchi Town. After a fierce argument, Himespetchi throws Mametchi out of her ship before curling up on the floor and crying.
  • Toy Ship: Mostly applies in the anime continuity, since Mametchi and his Tama-Friends and other students tend to be in the adult stages of growth in the original toys. Either way, though, going by this logic there are a bunch of examples of this within the fandom (Mametchi/Lovelitchi, Mametchi/Himespetchi and Kuromametchi/Neenetchi are just three of them).