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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Desparaiah. Kawarino poses a lot more threat and stake than her, really. She attempts to break just Cure Dream, and when that backfires, she started freaking out and one befriending by Nozomi later, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn. And that's just half the final episode.
  • Awesome Art: While tempered by the frenquent Off-Model, Yes was the first season to be produced in high-definition, so the artwork takes a much more vibrant look compared to previous seasons.
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  • Broken Base: Some fans who feel the franchise went downhill often blame this series in particular, due to what some perceive as a higher level of Merchandise-Driven items found throughout the series, as well as making a somewhat more traditional magical girl show with a core team of 5.
  • Complete Monster: In this formidale two-year tale of butterflies and dreams, two of their foes go so far as to show off their stuff:
    • Kawarino in the first season is The Dragon to Despariah, but he ends up being much worse than she is. He enjoys manipulating people and crushing their dreams just because he can. The Nightmare organization may never have been a nice place, but Bloody, Kawarino's former superior, notes that Nightmare at least had teamwork before he took charge. He claims to be working for Despariah's immortality, but this seems to be just an excuse to spread despair. He mind rapes the Pretty Cure with his despair masks to turn them into Nightmare's slaves. Then he starts giving his minions the black mask, which gives them a power-up at the cost of their minds. When Hadenya and Bloody refuse to wear it, he shoves it on them anyway. He blasts Bunbee off a building when he tries to leave Nightmare. It's revealed that he was the one who tricked Nuts into opening the gates to the Palmier Kingdom, meaning he was responsible for its destruction and all its citizens becoming brainwashed employees of Nightmare. In the end, when Despariah contemplates a Heel–Face Turn, Kawarino is shocked and outraged at her before Bloody comes back to kill him.
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    • Yes! Precure 5 GO!GO!: This direct sequel features the Director of Eternal, whose goal is to collect treasures and valuables from all the worlds and keep everything of value for himself only. His collection includes various living creatures frozen in stasis, precious objects stolen from people, and anything else he finds valuable. In particular, he wishes to acquire Flora from the Cure Rose Garden for her beauty. To him, anything that holds no value (and only he gets to decide what has value) must be destroyed, including humanity, friendship, love, and life itself. When he goes to Earth, he levels the Pretty Cure's school because he sees it as worthless. He kills two loyal minions, one of whom loves him, when he sees no more use for them. Upon arriving at the Cure Rose Garden, he starts to turn it into a wasteland, which severely damages Earth, the Palmier Kingdom, and the other kingdoms in the process. Flora tries to help him see the infinite possibilities of life with a flower seed, but he considers them worthless and continues his rampage until he is defeated.
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  • Contested Sequel: The season after the first, Yes Pretty Cure 5 GoGo!, while still having some fans, is met with a bit more criticism on the whole, with many feeling it was a needless sequel with not enough connections to the original season, as well as being even more Merchandise-Driven then the first season, and is often seen as a form of Seasonal Rot for this continuity. This affected Real Life sales as well. GoGo! tanked compared to the original series in terms of merchandise sales and TV ratings so badly, Toei has never made a sequel season to any continuity of the franchise since then. In a way, Fresh Pretty Cure! was made because Toei noticed how people felt tired of the core team of 5, and wanted to refresh the series afterwards. This was also because the staff behind this series was getting tired of being with the series for 5 years straight and new blood was needed, and had Fresh Pretty Cure! failed financially, the franchise would have had its plug pulled then and there.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Dark Pretty Cure 5 from the first movie.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Coco and Natsu was so popular at the time that the Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei anime had featured a parody of it. It was the first notable sign of a male slash fandom in the franchise.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Milky Rose and Anacondy, for a scene where Milky tries to engage her in combat, but Anacondy grabs her wrist and pulls her to be only a few centimeters from her face.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In Japan, this part of the franchise is decently popular, but not wildly beloved like Futari wa Pretty Cure or HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, let alone North America, but in Italy, these seasons, along with Fresh Pretty Cure! were a favorite among many fans, and scored some of the best ratings on RAI 2.
  • Good Bad Translation: Karen's attack catchphrase can be translated as, "The rock-crushing power of a young girl's heavy flow." For obvious reasons the fansubbers went with something different, but the literal version survived long enough to undergo Memetic Mutation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Coco and Natsu.
    • Bunbee and Scorp. Then the latter dies, his last words are "Sayonara, Bunbee". Bunbee isn't even in the scene.
    • Female versions:
      • Karen and Milk/Kurumi.
      • Nozomi with everyone.
      • Rin and Karen.
      • Karen and Komachi.
      • Komachi and Urara.
  • Memetic Badass: Cure Mint, thanks to her battle against Hadenya.
  • Moral Event Horizon
    • Girinma crosses it when he turns Urara's memento of her deceased mom into a Kowaina. Considering the importance of dreams in this series, though, it's possible that he crossed it even earlier—in the very first episode, even!—by mocking Coco's dream in a most callous fashion.
    • The Director of Eternal crosses it when he calls life worthless.
    • Shadow crosses it by killing off The Dragon who's gaining her humanity and then calling her useless and dying like a dirty traitor.
    • Kawarino goes over the line when he backstabs his former superior Bloody just because he 'served his purpose' of seeing the Dream Collet completed and sends him to the depths of Hell. He gets his comeuppance when Bloody ends up dragging him down with him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Kawarino's Despair Mask just look plain creepy and haunting. Not to mention every non-named Nightmare members are wearing one, and at one point, all Cures end up wearing one, to the point that Nozomi in Go!Go! used that event as 'something she doesn't want to happen again'... Well, they ain't called "Nightmare" for nothing.
    • And when Nozomi broke that off thanks to Coco, she dove in to her friends' mind... and found her friends first acting normal, but later revealed to have Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. Pretty chilling.
    • None of them are nice people (except maybe for Bunbee), but Nightmare employees' defeats are enough to make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Periphery Demographic: Adult males. Then again, given that there was a "marketing" paper that listed the "main target" as 4-to-12-year-old girls and 16-to-35-year-old men, this is an arguable subversion.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: CocoNozo, Coconuts, NutsKoma, and ShiroUra are the most commonly used ones.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Some fans really dislike Milk for her heavy tsuntusn tendencies towards Nozomi and tendency to get underfoot and cause trouble for Pretty Cure, especially around the time of her debut.
    • Some fans also violently despise Coco's fairy form for his nails-on-a-chalkboard voice.
  • Shipping
    • Die for Our Ship: Coco and Nuts, just for being male, and before Nuts had an implied relationship with anyone; also, Crepe, once she was announced to be betrothed to Coco and thus get in the way of both the canon ship and the yaoi fangirls' favourite ship.
    • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Fans have, in all seriousness, paired Nozomi with just about every character in the show and more.
    • Screw Yourself: There's support out there for Nozomi/Dark Dream. In-universe, while the others' inner selves berate them, Urara's Enemy Within flirts with her.
    • Ship Mates: Virtually any pairing!
    • Toy Ship: Since the actual children play a very small role in both seasons, the closest thing to this you can find in the main cast is Syrup and Urara.
    • Unequal Pairing
  • Squick: While Coco/Nozomi is a good deal healthier than teacher/student relationships would be in real life — Coco's an emancipated minor just posing as an adult, the teacher-to-student and Precure-to-fairy power imbalances arguably even each other out, and there's a clear foundation of mutual respect there that's hard to find in most canon shoujo relationships even between peers — a lot of people still despise the ship and Coco himself because of the squick factor.
  • Tear Jerker: Shining Cure Dream and Mushiban's goodbye in the Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! Movie.
  • The Un-Twist: Milk is Milky Rose! Shock!
  • Values Dissonance: The Teacher/Student Romance in this series raises many eyebrows in the Western fandom, not unlike the situation with Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Shadow from The Movie is a Creepy Crossdresser, but no one's quite sure what he's crossdressing as. From a brief overview of the fandom, the women tend to believe he's a man, and the men tend to believe he's a woman. To wit, the voice behind Shadow is Romi Park, he/she/whatever acts and dresses flamboyantly and even kisses the Dream Collet, but has well-toned muscles on his/her/whatever's bare midriff and no boobs whatsoever. Confused yet?
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Casting Takeshi Kusao, as a cute little fluffy animal fairy when it's painfully clear that he can't do a cute fairy voice.


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