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1st Aug '16 5:19:42 AM CalSantiago
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* In ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'', Akihito is Mirai's senpai. Mirai initially refers to Akihito as just "Senpai" out of politeness as well as to distance herself from him. It becomes something of an AffectionateNickname as the series progresses. [[spoiler: Notably, Mirai still calls Akihito this after they've already become a couple.]]
17th Jul '16 4:05:50 PM Valiona
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* For the most part, ''Manga/FairyTail'' and the other guilds in the setting [[AvertedTrope don't use this concept]], and in the ''Fairy Girls'' spinoff, Wendy(one of the youngest and newest members of Fairy Tail) tells Sumire as such when she joins. That said, when Sumire [[spoiler:despite having infiltrated Fairy Tail for her employers, does a HeelFaceTurn and risks her life to protect the friends she betrayed]], Wendy comes to her rescue, saying that it's a senpai's responsibility to protect the kohai. Outside the guild, though, [[spoiler:Lucy, working as a reporter for a temporary job during the second TimeSkip]], calls her coworker Jason "Jason-senpai.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[ButtMonkey Yosuke]] is surprised to find that the tough, rumored-to-be-in-a-biker-gang (he's not) [[{{Delinquents}} Kanji]] is his kohai. He's also ''delighted'' when he finds out the cute and famous [[IdolSinger Rise]] is also his kohai when she attends the school. Unfortunately for him, Rise is more interested in your main character...

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[ButtMonkey Yosuke]] is surprised to find that the tough, rumored-to-be-in-a-biker-gang (he's not) [[{{Delinquents}} Kanji]] is his kohai. He's also ''delighted'' when Similarly, Chie's surprised when, in their first meeting at school, the usually rude and abrasive Kanji is quite polite to them, and he finds says it's because they're his sempais. If you romance Naoto and talk to her in the dungeon with Kanji present, Kanji misinterprets her embarrassment as rudeness and calls her out the cute for acting that way toward their leader and famous [[IdolSinger Rise]] is also his kohai when she attends the school. Unfortunately for him, Rise is more interested in your main character...sempai.



** Taken even further in ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''. The team decides to LetsSplitUpGang to find the missing idol singers, and the split is directly along the sempai/kohai line. Members of the kohai team even talk about doing their best to impress the sempais.

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** Taken even further in ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''. The team decides to LetsSplitUpGang to find the missing idol singers, and the split is directly along the sempai/kohai line. Members of the kohai team even talk about doing their best to impress the sempais. The members of Kanamin Kitchen also consider Rise a sempai, even though Rise's essentially their rival.
** In ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'', this is averted on a few occasions. When Rei and Zen join the group, since no one is able to conclusively determine how old they are, the others decide to treat them as first-years in high school, but neither of the two considers the others sempais. When the two groups learn that the Persona 3 team is actually from two years before the P4 group, making even the second-years older than anyone on the P4 group, Junpei is delighted to have girls calling him sempai, only for the girls to point out that while he's older than they are, since they don't go to the same school, he's not a sempai to them.
12th Jul '16 1:31:18 PM Gosicrystal
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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, it isn't rare for gym leaders to teach a bunch of unexperienced boys and girls the art of Pokémon battling; but we find a unique example in the Olivine Gym, where Jasmine, the leader, only has one pupil, Janina. The latter is enthusiastic about connecting with her Onix so they can battle effectively, but completely misunderstands one of Jasmine's teachings: she thought Jasmine wanted her to eliminate Onix's weakness against water with wax, instead of talking with him so they could come up with proper defense strategies. When Jasmine notices this, [[BewareTheNiceOnes she gets pretty angry]], which stands out in comparison with her depressed state in the episode "Fight for the Light". Fortunately, Janina eventually understands what Jasmine was talking about and makes a strong connection with Onix to defeat Team Rocket. This appears to settle things between master and student.
9th Jul '16 8:02:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* Sei Suga in ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' is thrilled to receive a visit from current Lillian students at her office, as all of them are her ''kohai''.
** The Soeur system is based on this as well.

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Sei Suga in ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' is thrilled to receive a visit from current Lillian students at her office, as all of them are her ''kohai''.
** The Soeur ''Soeur'' system is based on this as well.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Andreas Darlton and Gilbert G.P. Guilford begin treating Suzaku Kururugi in this fashion after he wins their respect, and even moreso after he's selected as Euphemia's Knight (they're both Knights of Euphemia's older sister Cornelia). In the second season, Guilford offers him some friendly advice and, when Suzaku expresses surprise, he openly admits to trying to play the sempai. (Despite the fact that in terms of status, Suzaku has surpassed Guilford at this point by becoming a Knight of the Round.)

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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Andreas Darlton and Gilbert G.P. Guilford begin treating Suzaku Kururugi in this fashion after he wins their respect, and even moreso after he's selected as Euphemia's Knight (they're both Knights of Euphemia's older sister Cornelia). In the second season, Guilford offers him some friendly advice and, when Suzaku expresses surprise, he openly admits to trying to play the sempai. (Despite the fact that in terms of status, Suzaku has surpassed Guilford at this point by becoming a Knight of the Round.)



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s ANBU, Kakashi is sempai to Yuugao and Yamato. He convinces Yamato to pay for a ramen lunch by suggesting that while he may be his sempai, Yamato is the only kohai he respects, and the two are essentially equals. Sakura refers to Shizune, Tsunade's first apprentice, as a sempai, and in an omake, Tsunade chides Shizune for not showing enough confidence in her junior disciple Sakura's chances of passing Kakashi's test. Suigetsu, an once-aspiring member of the Seven Mist Swordsmen, calls the members "sempai", despite the fact that his goal is to kill them and steal their weapons.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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ANBU, Kakashi is sempai to Yuugao and Yamato. He convinces Yamato to pay for a ramen lunch by suggesting that while he may be his sempai, Yamato is the only kohai he respects, and the two are essentially equals. Sakura refers to Shizune, Tsunade's first apprentice, as a sempai, and in an omake, Tsunade chides Shizune for not showing enough confidence in her junior disciple Sakura's chances of passing Kakashi's test. Suigetsu, an once-aspiring member of the Seven Mist Swordsmen, calls the members "sempai", despite the fact that his goal is to kill them and steal their weapons.



* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': When the girls start their second year, Chiyo-chan is furious at not being taken seriously by the new freshmen (who are of course still older than her). She finally accosts a random student on the stairs and makes him call her "Mihama-sempai", then walks off giggling at the sound of it. The official translations use "Miss Mihama".
** In the dub, she makes him call her "Senior Mihama", a somewhat literal translation of it (like when she calls her classmates "Miss (Name)", instead of "(Name)-san"- for example, "Miss Osaka"). It should also be noted that he's not entirely "random" in the anime he asks "What's a kid doing here?" which makes her think she's been denied the respect she deserves.

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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': When the girls start their second year, Chiyo-chan is furious at not being taken seriously by the new freshmen (who are of course still older than her). She finally accosts a random student on the stairs and makes him call her "Mihama-sempai", then walks off giggling at the sound of it. The official translations use "Miss Mihama".
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Mihama". In the dub, she makes him call her "Senior Mihama", a somewhat literal translation of it (like when she calls her classmates "Miss (Name)", instead of "(Name)-san"- for example, "Miss Osaka"). It should also be noted that he's not entirely "random" in the anime he asks "What's a kid doing here?" which makes her think she's been denied the respect she deserves.



* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[NietzscheWannabe Shishio]] refers to [[TheHero Kenshin]], the government's previous [[ProfessionalKiller manslayer]] as his sempai. Similarly to the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' example, he's being kind of snarky about it, as Kenshin is kind of trying to stop his grand plans now. Since Kenshin [[TheFettered has sworn to never kill again]], it's also Shishio mockingly reminding Kenshin of his previous murders.

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
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[[NietzscheWannabe Shishio]] refers to [[TheHero Kenshin]], the government's previous [[ProfessionalKiller manslayer]] as his sempai. Similarly to the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' example, he's being kind of snarky about it, as Kenshin is kind of trying to stop his grand plans now. Since Kenshin [[TheFettered has sworn to never kill again]], it's also Shishio mockingly reminding Kenshin of his previous murders.



* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', Shinobu frequently calls Keitaro "sempai".
** And it is about the ''only'' form of direct, non-grudging respect he ever gets from anyone. Until [[spoiler:the manga's epilogue, when the regulars vociferously defend him to new girl Ema]].

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* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', Shinobu frequently calls Keitaro "sempai".
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"sempai". And it is about the ''only'' form of direct, non-grudging respect he ever gets from anyone. Until [[spoiler:the manga's epilogue, when the regulars vociferously defend him to new girl Ema]].



* In ''Manga/KOn'', Azusa refers to the older members of the light music club as '-sempai', much to [[BishieSparkle Yui's delight]].
** In the anime, they buy her a little tortoise because they think she wants a kouhai that badly. She doesn't, but the little guy does grow on her.

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* In ''Manga/KOn'', ''Manga/KOn'':
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Azusa refers to the older members of the light music club as '-sempai', much to [[BishieSparkle Yui's delight]].
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delight]]. In the anime, they buy her a little tortoise because they think she wants a kouhai that badly. She doesn't, but the little guy does grow on her.



* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Mami is Madoka's and Sayaka's ''sempai'', both in school, and as a MagicalGirl, although they call her "Mami-san" rather than "senpai". She becomes motivated to protect them because of this.

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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Mami is Madoka's and Sayaka's ''sempai'', both in school, and as a MagicalGirl, although they call her "Mami-san" rather than "senpai". She becomes motivated to protect them because of this.



* From the one time she's seen doing it, [[Anime/LuckyStar Konata]] seems to enjoy surprising first-years by status-dropping when she goes to see her cousin in her class. Given that Konata is still short and flat enough to look like she's not old enough to be in high school even after she later graduates, it's quite a shock.

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* From the one time she's seen doing it, [[Anime/LuckyStar Konata]] Konata from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' seems to enjoy surprising first-years by status-dropping when she goes to see her cousin in her class. Given that Konata is still short and flat enough to look like she's not old enough to be in high school even after she later graduates, it's quite a shock.



* {{Averted}} in ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus''. When Sumire began junior high she tried to begin calling high schooler Nene "Nene-sempai" but Nene gets annoyed. She points out that they're ''cousins'', calling her "Nene-chan" is just fine.
* Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' has a pretty strong reaction to Miki referring to her as "sempai".

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* {{Averted}} {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus''. When Sumire began junior high she tried to begin calling high schooler Nene "Nene-sempai" but Nene gets got annoyed. She points pointed out that they're ''cousins'', calling her "Nene-chan" is just fine.
* Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' has a pretty strong reaction to Miki referring to her as "sempai". Yuki is [[KiddieKid younger acting]] and [[OlderThanTheyLook younger looking]] than Miki.
3rd Jul '16 5:50:11 PM Jake
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* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Maya still refers to Ritsuko as "sempai" even after their RelationshipUpgrade. Given they've shot way past LoverAndBeloved and held an outright ''[[UsefulNotes/BDSM collaring ceremony]]'' it kind of makes sense.

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* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Maya still refers to Ritsuko as "sempai" even after their RelationshipUpgrade. Given they've shot way past LoverAndBeloved and held an outright ''[[UsefulNotes/BDSM ''[[UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} collaring ceremony]]'' it kind of makes sense.
3rd Jul '16 5:49:16 PM Jake
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* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Maya still refers to Ritsuko as "sempai" even after their RelationshipUpgrade. Given they've shot way past LoverAndBeloved and held an outright ''[[UsefulNotes/BDSM collaring ceremony]]'' it kind of makes sense.
23rd May '16 7:59:37 PM Willbyr
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** In the ''Mai Hime'' sound drama, "As the Cherry Blossoms Bloom", Shizuru, believing that Natsuki will never return her feelings, decides to be a good friend and sempai to her, until the Carnival starts, causing her 1)to realize that Natsuki will die if Shizuru loses and 2)to gain some hope that Natsuki will accept her feelings. Yuuichi also refers to Reito as "[[LastNameBasis Kanzaki]]-sempai" or just "sempai".

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** In the ''Mai Hime'' ''Anime/MaiHime'' sound drama, "As the Cherry Blossoms Bloom", Shizuru, believing that Natsuki will never return her feelings, decides to be a good friend and sempai to her, until the Carnival starts, causing her 1)to realize that Natsuki will die if Shizuru loses and 2)to gain some hope that Natsuki will accept her feelings. Yuuichi also refers to Reito as "[[LastNameBasis Kanzaki]]-sempai" or just "sempai".



* ''KeroroGunsou'': Tamama often refers to the older members as '-sempai'; the only one who doesn't get this treatment is his beloved Gunsou-san. Kururu also refers to Giroro as his sempai at times; in his case, however, this is more to antagonize by reminding him that the scientist is younger than him, yet Kururu outranks him.

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* ''KeroroGunsou'': ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Tamama often refers to the older members as '-sempai'; the only one who doesn't get this treatment is his beloved Gunsou-san. Kururu also refers to Giroro as his sempai at times; in his case, however, this is more to antagonize by reminding him that the scientist is younger than him, yet Kururu outranks him.



* It also frequently shows up in [[YuriGenre yuri]] works, especially since they're often set in schools.

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* It also frequently shows up in [[YuriGenre yuri]] {{yuri|Genre}} works, especially since they're often set in schools.
21st May '16 12:48:33 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[NietzscheWannabe Shishio]] refers to [[TheHero Kenshin]], the government's previous [[ProfessionalKiller manslayer]] as his sempai. Similarly to the ''YuYuHakusho'' example, he's being kind of snarky about it, as Kenshin is kind of trying to stop his grand plans now. Since Kenshin [[TheFettered has sworn to never kill again]], it's also Shishio mockingly reminding Kenshin of his previous murders.

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', [[NietzscheWannabe Shishio]] refers to [[TheHero Kenshin]], the government's previous [[ProfessionalKiller manslayer]] as his sempai. Similarly to the ''YuYuHakusho'' ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' example, he's being kind of snarky about it, as Kenshin is kind of trying to stop his grand plans now. Since Kenshin [[TheFettered has sworn to never kill again]], it's also Shishio mockingly reminding Kenshin of his previous murders.
16th Apr '16 12:27:13 PM Divra
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** Azami, in spite of having graduated nearly twenty years earlier, is still obsessed with gaining approval from "dear Saiba-sempai", taking things well into PoisonousFriend or MadLove territory.

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** Azami, in spite of having graduated nearly twenty years earlier, is still obsessed with gaining approval from "dear Saiba-sempai", Saiba-sempai" from high school, taking things well into PoisonousFriend or MadLove territory.
16th Apr '16 12:24:42 PM Divra
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* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma''
** Isshiki is ''sempai'' to the rest of the Polaris dorm. Makes sense, since he is a year older than the others, as well as [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Seventh Seat of the Elite Ten.]]
** Azami, in spite of having graduated nearly twenty years earlier, is still obsessed with gaining approval from "dear Saiba-sempai", taking things well into PoisonousFriend or MadLove territory.
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