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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Charlotte. Wince at her bratty and spoiled behavior. Weep at her suicide.
  • Awesome Art: Take a book on comics, any book, and it's a given that this comic will be named as an example for outstanding page layout.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Very popular in Italy and France. Ikeda even got the Legion d'Honneur for her work, the highest possible honor a foreigner could receive in France and other honors from Italian otaku fans and Italy's government. In Italy, the series is practically in the same league with Lupin III, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, and Fist of the North Star in fame and its popularity is such that it still receives re-runs on local channels in the country (something that the above aforementioned anime did not receive for a while until recent remakes and sequel OVAs and series with the exception of Lupin III and Hokuto No Ken).
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    • It's a Cult Classic in Latin America.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Charlotte de Polignac is shown as a total Spoiled Brat in her first scenes. The Break the Cutie process that follows and finishes with her suicide is legendary.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Jeanne having Nicolas whip Rosalie to force her out of the noble mansion she was living in... then manipulating him into killing the kind woman who took her in AND burning down her house so she could become the heir.
    • Anime!Saint-Just the Nobility Serial Killer planned to kill a Duke and his wife and child brutally, just to send a message.
    • Henri de Guemene killing a street urchin merely for robbing him. Specially despite Rosalie's desperate tries to get him to spare the victim.
    • Polignac (in the anime), when she subjects the mentally fragile Rosalie to psychological abuse, deception and eventually blackmail in order to force her to leave Oscar and join her family. Made doubly worse by the later revelation that she intends to marry her off to a very creepy man whose attentions caused her other daughter to commit suicide. Also, she gloats sadistically once Rosalie is broken and caves in to her demands:
      Polignac: Now, Rosalie, call me "Mother"! [Evil Laugh]
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    • Hebért crosses it when he accuses Marie Antoinette of molesting her son Louis-Charles. Even Saint-Just and Robespierre were disgusted.
  • Narm Charm: Oh boy, is the anime full of it. From the Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame to the melodramatic Call My Name, this show was the trope setter for a lot of the devices you find in "girls" anime today. The fact that it's a late '70s show speaks for itself. Still, it manages to be quite moving.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Louis XV has such a severe case of smallpox that before he dies, parts of his skull get exposed.
    • Diane de Soissons' decomposing body in the manga. The anime version is a good deal tamer.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now with its own page.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Napoleon Bonaparte has only one speaking appearance and a non-speaking one.
  • Tear Jerker: My God, this series is INFAMOUS for the heart-wretching moments. See the series' Tear-Jerker page for details.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Guiche's attitude towards Charlotte and Polignac's obsession with marrying her off despite her being just 12 years old are partially explained by how it was normal, back then, to have high-class girls getting married as soon as they were out of puberty, if not even earlier. Antoinette was indeed lucky to have a fiancé and husband not much older than she was — at least, well, before things went From Bad to Worse.
    • The instant assumption that a prostitute must be a terrible person also raises a few eyebrows these days.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In the manga, Hebért accuses Marie of incest with her surviving son. After Marie Antoinette's reply, Hebért finds himself surrounded by women and mothers who feels offended by his words, and Robespierre starts searching for a reason to get him executed (he'll get it).
    • Also, cardinal Louis René Édouard de Rohan, Bishop of Strasbourg. With his family having prince étranger status [a status above most nobles and below only the House of Capet (including the Royal Family, cadet branches of the House of Capet and legitimitized natural children [and their male descendants] of kings), in the House of Rohan case due descending from the Dukes of Brittany (former monarchy) and hereditary control of the Archbishopric of Strasbourg (an ecclesiastical principality formally part of the Holy Roman Empire, even if part of its territory and its seat were under French control) and his older brother being the Prince of Guéméné and in the queen's good graces, he had no excuse whatsoever to not know that royalty only sign with their given names. He gets a particularly hard Lampshade Hanging, as it's Louis XVI, the Nice Guy of the series, to point out he should have known (that and the calligraphy was different from Marie Antoinette's, but Rohan had never seen her handwriting).
  • The Woobie: Some of the characters, like Oscar and Andre have their moments. Rosalie takes the cake, though: her foster mother dies, her sister turns out to be a huge Spoiled Brat who later went mad and died in the worst way possible, not to mention her sister's terrible death started the chain of the whole events and so on... God, the girl seriously needs a hug.


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