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The shop is owned by the Witch of the Dimensions, although she has been known by many other names--even Yuuko Ichihara, the name she gives Watanuki, is only a pseudonym. She offers to grant his wish to be rid of his ability to see spirits, but a price of equal value must be paid. Thus, Watanuki becomes a "part-time worker", which usually involves performing housework and odd jobs for Yuuko, until he has done enough work for his wish to be granted.


The shop is owned by the Witch of the Dimensions, although she has been known by many other names--even names -- even Yuuko Ichihara, the name she gives Watanuki, is only a pseudonym. She offers to grant his wish to be rid of his ability to see spirits, but a price of equal value must be paid. Thus, Watanuki becomes a "part-time worker", which usually involves performing housework and odd jobs for Yuuko, until he has done enough work for his wish to be granted.

One of the main themes in ''[=×××HOLiC=]'' is the concept of ''hitsuzen''--probably best translated as "inevitability" or "inevitable fate" (although what is inevitable is influenced by your mindset and past choices, this is more like a slightly fatalistic Chaos Butterfly than the Western concept of destiny)--which affects many of the characters' actions throughout the story. Yuuko told Watanuki when they first met that it was ''hitsuzen''.


One of the main themes in ''[=×××HOLiC=]'' is the concept of ''hitsuzen''--probably ''hitsuzen'' -- probably best translated as "inevitability" or "inevitable fate" (although what is inevitable is influenced by your mindset and past choices, this is more like a slightly fatalistic Chaos Butterfly than the Western concept of destiny)--which destiny) -- which affects many of the characters' actions throughout the story. Yuuko told Watanuki when they first met that it was ''hitsuzen''.
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[[caption-width-right:298:[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs Whatever it is you think]] [[MistressAndServantBoy they're up to]], it can't be half as weird as [[SchrodingersButterfly what they're actually doing.]]]]

->''"There is no such thing as coincidence in this world -- there is only inevitability."''

Kimihiro Watanuki is a high school student who is continually plagued by supernatural monsters and spirits which are magically attracted to him, which are [[InvisibleToNormals invisible to everyone but himself]], and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil usually try to devour him]]. One day, while running away from and nearly being eaten by some spirits, he finds a [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday mysterious shop]] that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor grants wishes]].

The shop is owned by the Witch of the Dimensions, although she has been known by many other names--even Yuuko Ichihara, the name she gives Watanuki, is only a pseudonym. She offers to grant his wish to be rid of his ability to see spirits, but a price of equal value must be paid. Thus, Watanuki becomes a "part-time worker", which usually involves performing housework and odd jobs for Yuuko, until he has done enough work for his wish to be granted.

Chapters/episodes usually involve a customer coming into the shop and asking for their wish to be granted by Yuuko, having usually negative or dubious results, or they involve some (usually risky) task that Yuuko gives Watanuki which requires his ability to see spirits. However, there is also an overarching plotline regarding a set of dark conspiracies and prophecies that becomes increasingly important in the later volumes.

One of the main themes in ''[=×××HOLiC=]'' is the concept of ''hitsuzen''--probably best translated as "inevitability" or "inevitable fate" (although what is inevitable is influenced by your mindset and past choices, this is more like a slightly fatalistic Chaos Butterfly than the Western concept of destiny)--which affects many of the characters' actions throughout the story. Yuuko told Watanuki when they first met that it was ''hitsuzen''.

The Anime has been uploaded in both dub and subtitle formats on Creator/{{Funimation}}'s [[http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=107 video portal]].

This is a Creator/{{CLAMP}} work and is the darker and more psychologically-driven companion to CLAMP's ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. The two series tend to cross over quite a bit, with Yuuko appearing several times in ''Tsubasa'', and it's recomended to read both mangas in order to understand the whole story[[note]]For the curious, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/51h4oo/cosplay_yuuko_ichihara_xxxholic/d7cjcne/ here's]] a recomended reading order based on each volume's release date. Yes, it sugests reading both series in tandem.[[/note]] There are also many crossovers with other CLAMP works within the story besides ''Tsubasa''. The anime has two seasons, ''[=×××HOLiC=]'' with 24 episodes (released in English by Creator/{{Funimation}}), and ''[=×××HOLiC=]: Kei'' with 13. Airing on a different channel than ''Tsubasa'', most references to it were removed from the anime. There has also been a feature-length movie (''A Midsummer Night's Dream'') and a 2-part [=OAD=] series, ''[=×××HOLiC=]: Shunmuki'' and two OAD released with the manga volumes, unrelated to the plot of the first one, called ''[=×××HOLiC=]: Rou''.

The manga has been completed, with 213 chapters in all. A sequel series titled ''[=×××HOLiC=]: Rei'' has started serializing since March 2013.

The name is pronounced "[[NoPronunciationGuide holic]]", by the way. The "×××" basically denotes "insert something here", along the lines of "___holic" in English. [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas It has nothing to do with being addicted to porn]].

!!''[=×××HOLiC=]'' provides examples of:

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder:
** [[spoiler:Himawari]], if the fact that [[spoiler:she gets married to someone else]] is any indication, though in a subversion it seems [[spoiler:Watanuki both knows and [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy supports]] her decision, and they both seem to still hold each other dear]].
** [[spoiler:Also worth mentioning, despite the fact their object of affection, Watanuki, never seemed to be completely aware of their feelings and therefore never obligated either of them to "wait for him", is that in the long run, Doumeki and Kohane end up deciding to marry one another.]]
* AbusiveParents: Kohane's mother is seriously messed up in the head.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The Ame-Warashi, being a rain spirit, has blue hair in the manga. In the anime, she has red hair. This is later corrected in the OVA's.
* AdaptedOut: Syaoran, Sakura and their party, while instrumental for the starting of the manga, are excised from the anime, which generally removes all references to ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' until the OVA's.
* {{Adorkable}}: Watanuki before [[spoiler:Yuuko's death]]. The ways he expresses himself tend to be overly-exaggerated as well as hilarious, making him even funnier as well as cute. The adorkableness adds even more with Todd Haberkorn playing him in the English dub.
* TheAgeless: Yuuko. [[spoiler:The shop apparently conveys immortality on the owner, being outside the normal flow of space-time. When he takes over the shop, Watanuki specifically states that he will cease to age. He also clearly states that he will still eventually die, but will have a much longer lifespan]].
* AirGuitar: Featuring Maru, Moro, and Larg in the second ending (Kagerou).
* AllThereInTheManual: Especially in later chapters, one really needs to be reading ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' to understand what's going on. And even then it's challenging. Hilariously, every ''tankobon'' has a front page telling you you [[BlatantLies don't need to be reading]] ''[[BlatantLies Tsubasa]]'' [[BlatantLies to understand the plot]]. Though to be fair, reading ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' [[MindScrew may not help in understanding the plot at all]].
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: While it's up for debate if it's a case of romantic love, [[spoiler:Watanuki]] goes into near-hysterics when he discovers [[spoiler:Yuuko's dying]], and starts babbling about how no one else should have the right to decide the fate of "someone who's so important to me".
* AsideGlance: Yuuko tends to give these to the audience in the manga. [[spoiler:This is one of several traits that Watanuki adopts from Yuuko after taking over the shop]].
* BadassNormal: Subverted. Doumeki can take witness things that would terrify the bravest of people, and yet remain calm and expressionless, but it's later revealed that he has spiritual powers, specifically to kill demons with just a bow.
* TheBeautifulElite: Even the ''smoke'' is pretty.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: ''Hitsuzen'' and the ways to manipulate its effects make up most of the overarching plot.
* BecomeARealBoy: In a sense. [[spoiler:It turns out the whole point of a good portion of this series was for Watanuki to connect with enough people and go through enough CharacterDevelopment to stabilize his unnatural, distortion-induced existence]].
* BigEater: Doumeki is a chef's worst nightmare--a ''picky'' BigEater.
* {{Bishonen}}: It's Creator/{{CLAMP}}. Watanuki might qualify as a manga version of HollywoodHomely, since he's much less popular with (human) girls than Doumeki.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:''Both'' women who appear in the first scenario of ''Rei''. Despite being [[WithFriendsLikeThese friends to each other]], behind the other's back they say bad things and feel only spite for the other, culminating in one's boyfriend leaving her for the other and then the women blame each other for it. They both buy a cursed strap off the internet with the intention of it killing the other, with the one who had not suffered since the straps were bought being the one to die]].
%%* BlankBook
* BlindWithoutEm: Averted. After [[spoiler:receiving half of Doumeki's right eye]], Watanuki's vision in that eye is better than what it started with and so wearing glasses all the time isn't necessary. He even spends nearly three entire volumes without any glasses. Despite this, he continues to compulsively wear them once he acquires a new pair.
* BloodyHorror: In one story a woman makes a wish on a monkey paw and inadvertently causes a man to fall in front of a moving train. His blood sprays onto the platform and [[BloodSplatteredInnocents onto her shoes]].
* BroadStrokes: In the manga, Larg is awakened along with Soel in order to use them to communicate to Syaoran and his party. In the anime, as the ''Tsubasa'' storyline is not present, Larg is instead awakened by Yuuko's request pretty much for the kicks. The same happens goes with Kohane having a Sakura feather in her body and Fei Wang Reed being behind the winged spirits, plot points that are not shown in the anime. (However, later the OVA's introduce the storyline and unite both series, so the thing becomes a bit complicated to jive.) Interestingly, the ''Tsubasa'' anime opts for not showing whether the Mokonas were awakened at once or not, so the continuity of both animated adaptations could fit more or less seamlessly.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Yuuko. Kiiiinda crazy for being entrusted with keeping time and space in working order. But when she gets serious, she gets ''serious'', to the point that some people wonder if the above [[ObfuscatingStupidity is an act]].
* ButtMonkey: Watanuki. The poor guy never seems to catch much of a break, does he?
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]].
* CatGirl: Subverted twice and played with a bit. The Neko-Musume is the traditional Japanese catgirl--a cat spirit that may take human form and retain some feline qualities, such as cat eyes and agility. Similarly, the [[spoiler:shamisen]] is a cat that takes on the form of a human, only retaining her eyes. On the other paw, Watanuki himself has been pictured with cat ears and a tail a few times, and Himawari thinks of him as a cat (specifically for raging up like an angry cat when Doumeki is near) so often that she bought him an apron with an angry cat on it for his birthday. This makes the later chapters (involving [[HoYay Doumeki's ideas on the "mating habits of cats"]]) all the more interesting. Although, ironically, Watanuki is actually often symbolically represented by a bird and it is ultimately the symbol that he selects for himself.
* CharacterWitness: The fox kid from the ''oden'' cart vouches for Watanuki in the Demon Parade.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The Tube seen at the beginning of ''Tsubasa'' is in Yuuko's store room next to Fai's tattoo and Kurogane's sword. It contains ''people'', whose identities are spoilers. Slightly more subtly is what seems to be a replica of Sakura's staff, the existence of which ends up tying into the story in a ''big'' way later.
** Doumeki's egg provides a variation of this trope--we are told, specifically, that the egg given to him by Yuuko will be useful at some point. [[spoiler:We find out in the last chapter that its apparent purpose is to erase Watanuki's memories of Yuuko once he's ready to let go. If he ever is, that is.]]
* CheshireCatGrin: Yuuko makes one of these ''all the time'', and if she's not, it's a ''bad'' sign.
%%* TheChessmaster: Yuuko.
%%* TheChewToy: Watanuki.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The Yamainu explains to Watanuki in ''Rei'' that Gods will dissipate when they are no longer needed. [[spoiler:Thanks to Watanuki's offering, he gets the power necessary to grow wings in order to fly to a place where he is needed, but has to leave his wife Yosuzume behind]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Well, Clingy Jealous ''Fox'' more accurately, but what Mugetsu lacks in semantics, he/she makes up for in sheer clinginess.
* CloningBlues: The real source of all of [[spoiler:Watanuki]]'s troubles. Yes, ''all'' of them. Well, most, anyway. The ones unrelated to romantic troubles, all right?
* TheCollectorOfTheStrange: Not only does the movie take place at a gathering of strange collectors, but it turns out the man throwing the party collects [[spoiler:collectors themselves]].
* CompositeCharacter: In the anime, the old fox who owns the oden shop is the one who receives the cage moon birds that Watanuki and Mokona must deliver while playing word chain. In the manga, the gift is actually for an elder human, and the old fox doesn't take part in that storyline.
* CompulsorySchoolAge: Subverted. [[spoiler:Watanuki, after Yuuko's death, decided to take over the shop, and indicated when this trope was invoked by Doumeki that he would no longer be attending]].
* ContemptibleCover: In Japanese, the title is fairly innocuous. In English [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike it sounds like an addiction to pornography]].
* ContinuityCameo: Several from CLAMP's modern-day series, including:
** Sakura's staff from ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura.'' (its story ties into the MythArc).
** The leads from ''Manga/DrugAndDrop'' also make an appearance when Watanuki is sent to the Green Drugstore to buy Yuuko a hangover cure. They have wound up going to the wish shop in their own series, though now with [[spoiler:Watanuki as the shopkeeper]]. Watanuki himself indicates that the two respective stores had done business together before. It seems further suggested that ''Drug & Drop'' is taking place simultaneously with (but independently of) ''[=×××HOLiC=]'', as, for instance, the urn used by Watanuki to visit the Zashiki-Warashi is the same urn stolen by Kazahaya and Rikuo. Yuuko explains that it was a "special order from the Anything Store".
** In a studio in-joke, Maru and Moro can be seen playing with [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Tachikomas]] in the second episode of ''Kei'', as Production I.G. animated both shows.
** In another joke from the anime, the cinema theater visited by the characters features a film poster which is none other than a poster from the anime itself, the one in this very article.
** The manga tells one side of the story; the other half is told by ''Tsubasa'', which is in the same continuity as CLAMP's other fantasy-setting series, unifying both major genres of their work into a single continuity. The protagonists are even [[spoiler:technically the same person]].
** Yuuko mentions in the first volume that she's known who are implied to be the [[Manga/TokyoBabylon Sumeragi twins]] from when they were very young. Whether they're the same people or alternate selves isn't clarified.
** Yuuko makes Watanuki wear a headset shaped like [[Manga/{{Chobits}} PersoCom ears]] in the third episode of the anime. She and Mokona also don them at one point.
* CoolBigSis: Yuuko's manner of attitude and looks fits this ''very'' well.
* CreepyTwins: Moro and Maru, Yuuko's two assistants at the shop. It's revealed early on that [[spoiler:they have no souls]], and later that [[spoiler:they keep [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday the shop]] grounded between dimensions]].
* {{Crossover}}: The overarching plot is closely tied to that of ''Tsubasa'', with some major events occurring in both series, and objects and characters moving back and forth through the shop and the Mokonas.
* CuteApproachesCamera: The Mokonas do this to wake up Watanuki.
* DeadAllAlong: A few people. Watanuki's not always been too good at telling the difference. Including, notably, ''[[spoiler:Yuuko herself]]''. Although she's cheating -- her late boyfriend was a RealityWarper with PowerIncontinence.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Doumeki, and boy does he snark. It also helps that Watanuki makes such delectable SnarkBait.
** Yuuko's pretty snarky herself.
* DealWithTheDevil: Because Yuuko requires equal payment to fulfill the wish, many of the prices seem very difficult or problematic. Also, if someone reneges on their payment, the results tend to be rather nasty. Example -- [[spoiler:One customer`s payment is that she must never be photographed, video-taped, etc. again in her life. Logically, that would be a very difficult thing to conform to. If she ever is, her crime will be exposed for all to see. It's likely she was a murderer, and the punishment for not adhering to the price would be her exposure as one to the public, so she deserved this.]]
* DevotedToYou:
** Doumeki for Watanuki. It got obvious when he didn't even notice the twins' crushes on him. And now, [[EyeScream half an eye]], [[HeroicSacrifice a lot of blood]], and [[TimeSkip six plus years]] later, he's still devoted solely to Watanuki.
** Watanuki gets an ever harder case of this for [[spoiler:Yuuko by the end of the series. He throws away his friends, family, and any life in the outside world for the sake of seeing her again. The fact that Doumeki is given a ring for purifying (read: eliminating) evil and is ''specifically'' told he shouldn't hesitate to use it on Watanuki, gives one the impression that this obsession of his could possibly take a very [[{{Yandere}} dark road.]]]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: When Domeki destroys a spider's web while cleaning, the spider ''destroys his right eye''. A spider can spin a web in an hour, and does so every day. Humans, with a lifespan of decades, can't regenerate eyeballs--from which we get the vast majority of our sensory input and of which we only have two--''at all''. Conclusion: spiders are ''jerks''.
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:The final chapter is (basically) Watanuki and Doumeki hanging out, except that it's Doumeki's grandson (who still has that egg), and they're talking about how a dream of Yuuko has informed Watanuki that it's safe to leave the shop. Watanuki still chooses to stay, waiting. The closing line states he waited as long as it took and they certainly met Yuuko again. How? It doesn't explain, until then he had a "unique happiness"]].
* DivineDate: One between Yosuzume [[spoiler:and the Mountain God Yamainu. Due to the lack of belief he has to leave her behind or disappear]].
%%* DoomMagnet: [[spoiler: Himawari]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Everyone we knew from the series is dead but Watanuki, who is waiting eternally to meet Yuuko again, even though he knows he'll probably ''never'' see the "true" Yuuko ever again, and Doumeki's descendant is holding onto an item that will allow Watanuki to ''forget her entirely'' when he's deemed ready. While everyone being dead doesn't necessarily have to be such a downer, considering they probably lived out their lives like normal people should, it ''is'' however a downer knowing that they all inevitably had to march on with the flow of time, while Watanuki remains unchanging.]]
* DragonLady: Subverted by Yuuko. She's pretty sexual, dark, [[MysteriousWaif mysterious]], wears [[PimpedOutDress fabulous Asian outfits]], is all about [[ThereAreNoCoincidences hitsuzen]], and styles her home as a Chinese opium parlor, but is a good woman.
* DreamSequence: The beginning of volume 9 starts with a new year InUniverse and with Watanuki's first dream: A giant Mokona with eggplant feet trampling him to death... well Himawari seemed amused at least.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Watanuki tends to risk his life and go through a ''lot'' of trouble for pretty girls he just met. This annoys the pretty girls who actually like him because they'd rather he stay alive and safe.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: All four of the main characters, but Yuuko in particular.
* EmotionlessGirl: Kohane displays very little reaction to how badly people treat her. [[spoiler:All this is, of course, building up to a major CryCute moment when she reveals herself to be NotSoStoic after all.]]
* EquivalentExchange: How Yuuko grants wishes; the price must be neither too low nor too high for the wish involved. This often requires some [[LiteralGenie action]] to get wish and price to line up, especially since Yuuko tries to avoid wishes and prices equivalent to a human life. That would involve taking on the spiritual burden of murder. There are hints that Yuuko has to operate in this fashion in every instance of her life, considering that on Watanuki's birthday she concedes that she can't give him anything other than wishing him well, as "the only thing that can be given freely are feelings". This has been confirmed, Recently, with [[spoiler: Watanuki becoming the owner of the shop, several people commented on Watanuki being injured after customers. Eventually, it's more or less explained to be that this is due to Watanuki being unaccustomed to the job an not entirely sure of what to ask from customers, because if the shopkeeper asks for a payment that is either too low or too high, he or she is injured to compensate.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Kimihiro Watanuki. Remember the LoveTriangle he thought he was in? Well... he ''is'' interested in Himawari Kunogi and she kinda likes him back, but it turns out his "love rival" Shizuka Doumeki isn't interested in Himawari like he believed, but in ''[[HoYay Watanuki]]'' [[HoYay himself]]. Oh, and you know Zashiki Warashi, that cute girl that's [[ShrinkingViolet completely shy]] and has a huge crush on Watanuki? "She" might not actually be a she. According to a CLAMP interview where they say that her being female is not necessarily the case. Ame-warashi usually says "this child" when referring to Zashiki Warashi instead of actually using a gender; in CLAMP works, other-worldly types are typically without gender (''Manga/{{Wish}}'', ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'').\\\
Should be noted that at no point has any male character, not even ''Doumeki himself'', actually explicitly expressed romantic interest in Watanuki (everything is inferred based on actions and reactions), only some characters, like Yuuko, seem hellbent on creating a SelfFulfillingProphecy. The second ''Rou'' OAD shows that at one time Doumeki himself [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove doesn't understand why he does all these things for Watanuki]], with the implication that he still doesn't really understand even by the end of the first manga. [[spoiler:Even ''Himawari's husband'' likes Watanuki -- his cooking, anyway, which isn't too surprising.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: ''Everyone'' except Watanuki, including a fortuneteller, his boss, and ''even the girl he has a crush on'', seems to think that he and Doumeki get along ''[[HoYay very]]'' well. In fact the two of them are inherently perfect compliments of each other because while Watanuki attracts spirits and supernatural powers, Doumeki repels them. Even when this is brought to his attention Watanuki ''still'' steadfastly wants to either deny or ignore it.
* EvilSmellsBad: Watanuki came across some situations like this, but he's the only one who can sense it. One example is at Himawari's friend's school where the game, Angel, is taking place. Doumeki can't smell it. It's like some sort of spiritual stench that only Watanuki can smell, and it got worse as he got closer to the threat taking hold.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Larg and Mugetsu. Mugetsu was actually named ''[[MeaningfulName because]]'' of this.
* {{Expy}}:
** Yuuko is ''not'' the first MysteriousWoman with magic powers created by CLAMP to use the phrase "there are no coincidences, only inevitabilities" and provide cryptic advice and guidance to major characters. That honor goes to [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Kaho Mizuki]].
** [[spoiler: Since Yuuko's death, Watanuki has been actively trying to be a DistaffCounterpart to her, adopting a mysterious demeanor similar to hers and occasionally speaking in cryptic phrases. He's apparently even developed a drug addiction just to get that "lazily smoking" look right.]]
** [[spoiler: As time wears on he's starting to become a strange combination expy of not only Yuuko, but also Clow Reed, aka the ''other'' all-powerful magician who set the plot in motion, and/or [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Eriol Hiiragizawa]], Clow's reincarnation. Watanuki already physically resembled the latter two, but now he's using their magic circle and his wardrobe's expanded to include clothes similar to the ones they wore. His greatest wish also mirror's Clow's, which is that Yuuko continue to exist. Of course, unlike Clow who literally made Yuuko unable to die, Watanuki's wish is that he one day meet her again.]]
** [[spoiler: The most recent chapter reveals that Watanuki has been at the shop for more than a hundred years, though the readers aren't aware of this due to his and Doumeki's seemingly never aging. It turns out that the 'Doumeki' at this point is actually the great-grandson of Shizuka Doumeki who had been Watanuki's friend, and they look EXACTLY like each other. It is also implied that Watanuki didn't notice the Doumekis switching up between generations because of how much they look like each other. (Watanuki's thought that it might be a fact of their family implies the Doumeki line will just continue produce more expies.)]]
* FacelessMasses: Seen at least once every episode of the anime.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Some of Yuuko's dresses.
* FlyingDutchman: Man Without a Country variant. [[spoiler: Watanuki is a ''Man Without a Universe''. His "price" for continued existence (or something) is to remain in the shop forever - his "alternate self" Syaoran pays the flipside by never being able to remain in one universe. Both prices are presented as choices rather then punishments- they could pay a different price if they wanted.]]
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: Watanuki's explanation of "admiration": Watanuki does this to a woman, explaining that she doesn't love Doumeki, only admires him. Admiration, from Latin, Ad - on and Mirare - being amazed. At least, that's how it goes in Portuguese. He then proceeds to explain the Japanese etymology, and proceeds to use said little etymology lesson to make his point.
* GambitPileup: Fei Wong's gambits interact with Yuuko and Clow's gambits, and both "Syaoran" ([[spoiler: aka Male Tsubasa]] and Manga/CardCaptorSakura try their hand at it at least once or twice.
* GambitRoulette: When you have {{RealityWarper}}s and {{FortuneTeller}}s its kinda hard to tell if someone planned x or not. Then add the above pile up and it gets even worse.
* GenderBlenderName:
** Doumeki's given name, Shizuka, is more often a girl's name. (He was even dressed in very girly kimonos as a young child, so when Watanuki stumbles on photos of this, he is endlessly amused.)
** His grandfather Haruka also has a rather ambiguous name.
* GenerationXerox: In the xerox sense. Doumeki is practically the spitting image of his grandfather, Haruka, and both purify using bows. Except Haruka smiles more often and has a more amiable personality than his grandson. [[spoiler:And as of chapter 213, Doumeki's ''great-grandson'' is a spitting image of him, as Watanuki points out.]]
* GeometricMagic: Like most magic-users in CLAMP-verse, Yuuko uses a magic circle unique to herself. Much later, when Watanuki is more proficient with magic, he uses a version of Clow's circle, in spite of being [[spoiler: a reality replacement for Syaoran, who uses a Taoism inspired magic circle.]]
* TheGlassesComeOff: The frequency at which Watanuki is seen without his glasses is directly proportionate to how serious the story arc is [[spoiler: until he loses them in the Dreamscape, only to get them back after making a fateful decision]]. Usually he appears without glasses in the Dreamscape or when recuperating from serious injury.
* TheGlomp: Mugetsu has absolutely no concept of Watanuki's personal space.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Larg, to the point that [[CargoShip it's a pairing]].
* TheHeartless: Most of the cases Yuuko deals with and the spirits that attack Watanuki have a "power of negative thinking" element.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** Watanuki does this fairly frequently, and is willing to do so whether its for his friends, acquaintances, Yuuko's customers, or even the supernatural beings he encounters. A major example is when he [[spoiler: gives up the sight in right eye not once, but ''twice'', first for Doumeki and then again for good for the Zashiki-Warashi.]] He actually has to be called out on the fact he's far too willing to let himself be harmed for the sake of others.
** Doumeki for Watanuki, many, ''many'' times. Notable examples include [[spoiler: giving up half of his right eye to restore Watanuki's aforementioned lost sight]] and [[spoiler: what was probably several pints of blood to replenish Watanuki's after he fell from a second story window]].
** Himawari also eventually pays her own price for Watanuki's sake, [[spoiler: taking on all the scars Watanuki would've otherwise received from the injuries he sustained from the falling-out-the-window escapade herself, in part because it was her DoomMagnet powers that influenced the accident to occur in the first place.]]
* HighPressureEmotion: Zashiki-Warashi is prone to this. Whenever she cries, her guardians, the Karasu Tengu, would come out and usually hit whoever is responsible. Watanuki is always the intended victim.
%%* HimeCut: Yuuko has one.
* IdenticalGrandson:
** Haruka and Shizuka Doumeki look exactly like each other, except that Haruka smiles. This actually [[spoiler: saves Watanuki's life once. Haruka says that he was only able to enter the death-dream and pull Watanuki back from the brink ''because'' he looks exactly like his grandson.]]
** [[spoiler: And now Doumeki's great-grandson looks identical to Haruka, and therefore Doumeki by extension... Still doesn't smile though.]]
** Also, Watanuki looks almost ''exactly'' like what you'd expect a young version of [[spoiler: his great (or however many generations down)-grandfather, Clow Reed to look like, and the resemblance only grows stronger as Watanuki settles into his own role as a magic practitioner. Which is odd, considering that neither his [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle father]] nor his (what we shall for lack of a better term call) [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle twin brother]] look anything like Clow. Apparently Watanuki was made to look like Clow Reed as said by Fei Wang Reed in one chapter. Why, we don't know. And as of Chapter 204, Watanuki receives Clow's glasses, or at least an identical-looking pair.]]
* IHatePastMe:[[spoiler: A very mild case, but in one ''Rou'' OAD, set after quite some time has passed since Watanuki took over the shop, he views some of Doumeki's memories which of course include some of Watanuki's old over-the-top spazzing, and Watanuki comments "Was I really that annoying?"]]
* IKnowYourTrueName: A genuine fortune teller can read a person's fate and gain power over them knowing only their true name and their birthday. Watanuki thoughtlessly reveals both in the first chapter, giving Yuuko the ability to divine his wish and bind him to her service. [[spoiler: Although as it turns out, despite what he thought, the name "Watanuki" wasn't actually his real name at all.]] She, on the other hand, ''always'' uses the alias 'Ichihara Yuuko' and, well, it's not ''polite'' to ask a lady's age, now is it?
* IllBoy: Watanuki at times. He has a tendency to wind up in situations where he's hurt/sick/in dire need of bed rest. Many of which are caused by his ChronicHeroSyndrome putting him in harms way. It's even lampshaded by Yuuko after he ends up in bed ''again'' when the last time was only two volumes before.
-->'''Yuuko:''' This is becoming something of a pattern recently.
* ImportantHaircut: She doesn't cut her hair, but Himawari later changes her default hairstyle [[spoiler: so that she can hide the scars she received as the price to save Watanuki's life]].
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Yuuko.[[spoiler: And after she dies, Watanuki himself at times as he tries to emulate her.]]
* InformedAbility: Yuuko seems to be like this at first; we're told that she's an immensely powerful sorceress, but what little magic she does onscreen isn't very impressive. This is justified by her minimalist 'you-get-what-you-pay-for' approach to granting wishes; most of the time, the wishes she grants simply don't warrant spectacular magic. This is averted entirely in later volumes, when she breaks out the big guns, and it is also revealed that some very powerful magic has been hiding in plain sight from the very first chapter. This trope is stronger in the anime adaptation than in the manga, as the anime leaves out the magic Yuuko performs for the characters of ''Tsubasa''. Admittedly, much of the real fireworks are still offscreen, but you see truly magical results more often in ''Tsubasa''.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Yuuko's shop is the portal between worlds and dimensions.
* InnocentInnuendo: The opening to one volume has Watanuki asking Yuuko if she's sure about something, and her replying that she is and wants him to "give it to her", all looking very suggestive. [[spoiler:They're [[BaseballEpisode playing baseball]], of course, and Watanuki's about to pitch the ball to her]].
* IntergenerationalFriendship:
** Watanuki and Kohane. Possibly Watanuki and Haruka too, though Haruka is ''dead''.
** Also with Yuuko, [[spoiler:see the comment on Haruka.]]
** [[spoiler:Chapter 213 states that the Doumeki at that point is actually Shizuka Doumeki's great-grandson, and Watanuki himself wasn't fully aware of the time that passed, implying that after Shizuka, his son, grandson, and now great-grandson visited Watanuki in Shizuka Doumeki's place.]]
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Watanuki, full-stop. He's downright domestic.
* InvisibleParents: Doumeki claims he has parents, but the audience never sees them, and Doumeki only talks about his grandfather. In the anime we see Doumeki's mother once in a flashback of when he asked if he could invite some friends over for the 100 ghost story night, but her face is never shown. His mother is still obscured in ''Rou''.
* ISeeDeadPeople: Watanuki, Kohane, and [[spoiler: Doumeki after the whole heterochromia thing]].
* ItAmusedMe: Yuuko sometimes likes to mess with Watanuki just to get a rise out of him. Doumeki and others sometimes join in.
* IWillWaitForYou: What Watanuki eventually swears to do for [[spoiler: Yuuko]] when she disappears.
* {{Keet}}: Watanuki at times, though he can switch to being the total opposite pretty quickly. [[spoiler: And after Yuuko's death, he ceases to be one altogether.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia:
** [[spoiler:Watanuki]] turns out to be an unusual case. His magically induced amnesia made him forget things like good chunks of his childhood beyond their basic facts and even ''his parents' names''. It's also not only partially anterograde (for example, he can't remember the taste of anything he eats, or even remember if he ate it), but it's also done in such a way that he didn't even ''notice'' he had it for quite some time. The discovery gave him a [[TomatoInTheMirror tomato-related]] nervous breakdown.
** Later, everyone except close friends and relations forget who [[spoiler: Yuuko is when the stopped pocket of time she resides in starts moving again and the universe rewrites itself to be as if she'd died when she was intended to. Actually, one reason why Watanuki seems to develop such a severe obsession with her that he'd adopt her mannerisms and ''wear her clothes'', is because he fears that if he doesn't keep her belongings near him, one day he'll start to forget her too.]] Which makes the fact that the apparent purpose of the [[spoiler: egg Doumeki was given to hold onto is to erase Watanuki's memories of Yuuko]] a rather painful truth to learn.
* LastNameBasis:
** Watanuki and Doumeki are almost exclusively referred to by their last names by everyone in the series with only very select few exceptions.
** Doumeki seems to call everyone except Yuuko by their last name.
** Taken UpToEleven by [[spoiler: Doumeki towards Kohane]] when it's revealed ''he's getting married to her'' and yet he apparently ''still'' will continue to call her by her family (soon-to-be maiden) name because "it's what they're used to".
* LightIsNotGood: See someone with cute little [[WingedHumanoid angel wings]]? RUN! RUN THE HELLS AWAY! Quickly, before they pull out the [[KnifeNut boxcutter]].
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: Yuuko's shop is one of these, except with a twist: [[spoiler: a person can only see the shop if they need the shop]].
* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler: Yuuko]] arguably functions as a type B for Watanuki, considering how much of the rest of his life became dictated by his reaction to her death, how he continues to mourn her loss, and how her presence remains felt in the story right up to the last chapter. [[spoiler: She even continues to be featured in some of the volume covers, if only in the back and without her face showing.]]
* LoveTriangle: Watanuki is convinced he's in one of these, competing with Doumeki for Himawari's affections. The truth is [[spoiler: Himawari always brings Doumeki along so that Watanuki doesn't get hurt due to her supernatural bad luck]], and Doumeki has [[HoYay other reasons]] for sticking around Watanuki. Becomes a sort of LoveDodecahedron when its revealed Kohane's also grown to love Watanuki ''and'' a romantic subtext begins to emerge between him and Yuuko in later chapters. This isn't even accounting for the fact that otherworldly beings like the Zashiki-Warashi, have a tendency to develop crushes on him. And suddenly Watanuki's ceased to be the UnluckyEverydude he ''thinks'' he is, and appears to be more of a [[ChickMagnet Chick + Doumeki Magnet]].
* MarsNeedsWomen: Mugetsu seems to like Watanuki WAY too much. So do some other supernatural beings, but they are at least humanoid.
* MartyrWithoutACause: Watanuki, and at times Doumeki. A major thread in the series is learning to temper the altruistic impulse with self-regard. Doumeki's a bit of an uncertian example, though. He is heavily implied to be more of a LoveMartyr -- he's willing to make HeroicSacrifices [[HoYay for Watanuki's sake]].
* MeaningfulName:
** Kimihiro Watanuki writes his family name as "April 1st," which also is his birthday. While this alone doesn't mean too much alone, it means a hell of a lot when you realize that April 1st is also [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Sakura and (presumably) Syaoran's]] birthday. His personal name is written with the kanji for "prophet". Also, Watanuki names Mugetsu (meaning "No moon"), because [[EyesAlwaysShut of the shape of its eyes]].
** Yuuko offers an alternate interpretation for Watanuki's family name:
--->'''Yuuko:''' The reading of his name, "Watanuki", comes from the custom of removing the padding from one's kimono on the 1st of April. An ancient sorcery... to prevent children from suffering from diseases or spectres, they would be dressed in the now unpadded kimono, and the removed padding would become their substitute..."
*** For the lazy, that means his "family name" is a roundabout way of saying "decoy".
*** [[spoiler:Particularly significant when Yuuko is musing that it isn't even really his name. The mysterious item that Doumeki brings to the shop also senses that "Watanuki" isn't his real name.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's also said that his original purpose was to take Syaoran place so that the world/timeline wouldn't fall apart, though both Syaoran and Yuuko push him to secure his own place and become his own person rather than just remaining the substitute. Think about how unlucky he was at the start of the series, before Yuuko and Syaoran pushed him to value his own existence he subconsciously drew misfortune to himself because he knew he was a substitute and not meant to exist.]]
** Likewise, Kohane Tsuyuri's given name means "Little Feather". This becomes significant when [[spoiler:she gives up her power to exorcise spirits, which is caused by one of C!Sakura's feathers]]. Her family name, meaning May 7th, hasn't been explained to have any ulterior meaning, though as a name that is also a calender date, it serves as one of several parallels she has to Watanuki.
%%* MegaTwintails
%%* MilkyWhiteEyes
* MindScrew: Things can get pretty confusing when the story gets involved in events of its sister series ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', ''especially'' its latter half. And don't even try go read ''Tsubasa'' to understand, if anything you will end up ''even more confused''.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: While doing some garden cleaning Watanuki and Doumeki break a spiderweb. The spider decides to take revenge by [[spoiler: taking Doumeki's eye away]]. The spider overracted a bit knowing that it takes about one hour for an average spider to make a full web. This is even worse knowing that this act leads to a rather long story arc that has major consequences story-wise.
* MistressAndServantBoy: Yuuko and Watanuki. There's a reason they're the page image for that trope.
* MonsterOfTheAesop: The cases Yuuko takes on often end up as philosophical meditations.
* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: Watanuki]] is so badly affected by [[spoiler: Yuuko's]] death it causes him to [[spoiler: undergo a personality change. He clings to her things and adopts some of her traits out of fear he'll forget her, and vows to never stop waiting, no matter how much time may pass, for the day that he sees her again to come]].
* {{Mukokuseki}}: This is a Creator/{{CLAMP}} manga and this isn't unusual for them, but while Watanuki, Yuuko, Doumeki, and Himawari all at least have pitch-black hair, they have blue, red, yellow, and green eyes respectively, and then there's Kohane who's a strawberry blonde with grayish-green eyes, and they're all supposed to be Asian. [[spoiler: Although later it seems Watanuki's blue eyes serve to show off his uncanny resemblance to the [[ButNotTooForeign English-Chinese]] magician Clow Reed, whom he's distantly related to. Though that ignores the fact that in real genetics there's no way those blue eyes should survive that many generations down.]]
* MustBeInvited: Happens in Chapter 194 [[spoiler: when Watanuki, at the suggestion of another spirit who is doing a service to him, ends up invoking this -- and allowing the Jorogumo (the spider woman who ate his eye) to enter the shop despite its wards.]]
* NoEnding: Chapter 213, one more of CLAMP's open ended finales. [[spoiler: All that is ever implied is that Watanuki is free to venture outside the shop, having seen Yuuko in a dream after 100 years]]. Given that a sequel series has recently been announced, this will hopefully be rectified.
* NoodlePeople: It's CLAMP, of course! The anime version took this style in [[UpToEleven exaggerating proportions]] where it went OffModel, particularly the height of the characters and the long limbs.
* NotGoodWithPeople: The Ame-Warashi is very hostile to humans in general. The Zashiki-Warashi is more of the absurdly shy type.
* NotSoDifferent: After dealing with a customer who had a [[{{Yandere}} disturbing obsession]] with [[spoiler: Doumeki and the idea of becoming his girlfriend]], Watanuki muses that the hardest wishes to grant are those involving a desire for someone else, only to concede that he shouldn't be one to talk. [[spoiler: Cue his eyes shifting to Yuuko's butterfly-shaped incense holder.]]
* NotSoWeak: Kohane. It doesn't even occur to her to really stand up against her mother but [[spoiler:when she decides her mother needs a good wake up call, for her own good of course, she doesn't hold back.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Himawari pretends to be oblivious to Watanuki's crush on her [[spoiler: and the fact that she uncontrollably causes misfortune to those around her. In fact the former appears to be a side-effect of the latter.]]
* ObliviousToLove: While he's proven perceptive in other areas, Watanuki appears to have shades of this, at least in regards to when the love is directed at himself. Even after he [[spoiler: takes over the shop and becomes increasingly like Yuuko in terms of wisdom and demeanor, he never seems to fully catch onto exactly why Doumeki sticks around. And in the OVA, after giving Watanuki an invitation to his wedding to Kohane, Doumeki points out to him that the one ''Kohane'' loves the most is actually Watanuki. To this revelation Watanuki gives Doumeki a genuinely shocked look before devolving into a sad smile.]]
* OfficialCouple: Despite copious ShipTeasing between many different people, the only major ones to get together are [[spoiler: Doumeki and Kohane. Their relationship, however, is decidedly unconventional due to them both caring the most for Watanuki.]]
* OffModel: Despite being animated by Production IG, the anime was [[http://s29.photobucket.com/user/quatrethefox/media/screenshotsforbh/xxxholic0606.jpg.html plagued by]] [[http://ib4.huluim.com/video/50034879?region=US&size=600x400 quality]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lbt5eeW1ig1qzs7oqo1_1280.jpg control]] [[https://i0.wp.com/i1017.photobucket.com/albums/af294/NiyarthII/Epic%20Fail/epic-fail-anime-030.jpg issues]] from the get-go. Whether this adds to the show's quirky charm or makes it nigh-unwatchable is, of course, up for debate.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Yuuko manipulates and tells half-truths. One of the first clients (other than Watanuki) we see gets condemned by hitsuzen (and [[spoiler:proximity to Himawari]]) to paralysis and death because she told [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza-esque]] tall tales non-stop, which eventually built up to the point that the paralytic effects of the bad juju she was drawing to herself needed a ring to reduce the paralysis as long as she kept it on, and her doom was caused when she kept lying and then either took the ring off or the accumulated curse became large enough to break the ring's protection, so it was mostly caused by supernaturally bad luck while unknowingly taunting Cthulhu-lite. (The story was harsh enough that the anime changed it to let the woman live to correct her mistakes.) Yuuko's machinations do not seem to carry a similar price at first [[spoiler: but the fact that she's already dead probably has something to do with it.]]
* OracularUrchin: Kohane Tsuyuri, a little girl who can see ghosts.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: THEY GET STOLEN BY [[spoiler:PARASITIC ANGEL WINGS]]!
* PaperFanOfDoom: The weapon of the Karasu Tengu.
* ThePlan: Three words: Fei Wong Reed. (Arguably he's got Nesting Dolls going on, the outermost doll being held inside the innermost doll.)
* PimpedOutDress: Especially in the {{Omake}} art, as is typical with [=CLAMP's=] work.
* ThePowerOfHate: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] regarding Kohane's mother. She wanted to get back at her husband who abandoned her and her daughter. Yuuko explains that through time, her wish for revenge was so strong it actually not only hurt her target, but also affected herself and her daughter and made their life miserable.
%%* PowerTrio: Watanuki (Id), Doumeki (Superego), and Himawari (Ego).
* PrettyInMink: Some of Yuuko's dresses.
* PunnyName: Maru and Moro's full names, Marudashi and Morodashi, literally mean "streaking" and "flashing", and despite Yuuko's insistence that they're "cute", Watanuki vocally disagrees. Maru and Moro are on their own common suffixes to Japanese names.
* PutOnABus: Himawari, who after [[spoiler:Watanuki takes over the shop ends up at a university "up north" (presumably Hokkaido). Although in one of the recent chapters we hear a phone call between her and Watanuki, ending in 'I love you' from both sides, though the eventual reveal in Chapter 209 tells us that she's married someone else.]]
* Really700YearsOld:
** Yuuko is this, on account of the fact she had a close relationship with Clow Reed, who died an untold amount of time prior to when the series takes place and was ''also'' several centuries old himself. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that Clow accidentally halted her time while she was dying by wishing that she'd open her eyes again, effectively trapping her on the edge between life and death.]]
** [[spoiler: Watanuki becomes this after he takes on the role of owner of Yuuko's shop and ceases to age. Indeed, by the series end, about 100 years have passed and Watanuki is still physically a teenager.]]
* RealMenWearPink: Doumeki [[spoiler: used to wear a girl's kimono when he was growing up, thanks to a customary belief by his grandfather that doing so would make a sickly child grow up strong.]] Naturally, when Watanuki tries to rub this in his face, Doumeki's response is a simple, [[InsultBackfire "Yeah, what's your point? Do you want one, too?"]] Although, later it's [[spoiler:Watanuki who is wearing kimonos and feminine yukatas.]]
* RedStringOfFate:
** Watanuki fantasizes that his pinky is connected to Himawari (oh, the [[FunnyAneurysmMoment irony]]). Yuuko has said more than once that he's probably linked to [[HoYay Doumeki]]. And then there's the cover for [[http://pics.livejournal.com/shaoron88/pic/00005cq3 volume 16]], although, the red string is tied around Watanuki's and Yuuko's wrists. See ShipTease below for further confusion.
** Also, episode 9 of the anime revolved around this concept.
* RetGone:
** [[spoiler:The origin of Watanuki's existence, since he was made to fill the space left by the original Syaoran, who gave up his existence in order to save Sakura]]
** [[spoiler:Yuuko]] has also been ret-goned from people's memories as she's dying, as reality adjusts to be as if she died when she was supposed to have done.
%%* RuleOfGlamorous
* RunningGag: Mokona's not an [X], Mokonoa's a Mokona!
* SayItWithHearts:
** Maru and Moro are prone to this, as is Yuuko at times. Mugetsu is an interesting case in that hearts are the ''only'' thing it says.
** Watanuki also tends to do this when it comes to Himawari-chan.
* SchrodingersButterfly: Basically the whole point of the dream arc. Haruka even tells the story of the boy who dreamed he was a butterfly to Watanuki, and later likens Yuuko to a dreaming butterfly. Not to mention that butterflies have always been Yuuko's symbol, as well as embodying the concept of ''hitsuzen''.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:After setting up his side of ThePlan [[GambitPileup pileup]] in order to save Yuuko from dying/resurrect her, Yuuko apparently sacrifices herself in order to stop him breaking spacetime, thus causing her to die. The last time we saw Fei Wong after this [[{{Facepalm}} he can no longer sense her presence, and starts hatching a plan to resurrect her.]]]]
* SeriousBusiness: Being a TV psychic. Being accused of giving fake readings is apparently [[FelonyMisdemeanor heinous]] enough for people to physically assault you (even if you're a ''little girl'') and vandalize your house.
* SheIsAllGrownUp:
** Possibly invoked in Chapter 187, [[spoiler:where Watanuki is visited by the older Kohane who is graduating middle school, and he comments on how good she looks in her uniform. When she states that he always says that, his own response is that he always wants to say it when he's happy. Aww.]] By chapter 205, [[spoiler:it's literal. She's now attending college.]]
** Then, there's Watanuki. [[spoiler: In a partial subversion, he doesn't physically age, but after 10+ years his maturity is obvious.]]
* ShipSinking:
** As revealed in chapter 209 [[spoiler: Himawari is married.]] Any chance of [[spoiler: Watanuki and Himawari]] getting together is now dashed.
** [[spoiler: By chapter 213, we find out that the Doumeki visiting Watanuki at this point is Shizuka Doumeki's great-grandson. Meaning Shizuka Doumeki got married himself and is probably already dead given that Watanuki realizes he's been at the shop for more than a hundred years at this point.]]
** [[spoiler: Not that Shizuka Doumeki/Watanuki really needed any more help sinking, but Rou revealed at the end that Shizuka Doumeki and Kohane Tsuyuri got married. Oh, and Kohane loves Watanuki. So that's another ship sunk.]]
** Subverted! for both Watanuki/Doumeki and Watanuki/Kohane. Both Doumeki and Kohane loved Watanuki so much, that they realized that there's no chance for either of them of meeting someone else, anyone ''at all'' who they could love more than Watanuki, marry them and spend the rest of their lives with that person. So... as two people who love the same person the most, they decided to marry each other instead.
** [[spoiler: It's almost amazing that by the end, the ship among major characters that is probably sunk the ''least''... is the one involving the long-since deceased witch whose accidentally continued existence screwed over the multiverse.]]
* ShipTease:
** ''Doumeki''. Good God, Doumeki's been ship teased with Watanuki from even before he was even mentioned by name or seen in-person, when the old fortuneteller woman told Watanuki there would be a "friend that he gets into fights with" that he'd find himself "thrown together with more often". In recent chapters of Doumeki constantly coming over to bring Watanuki supplies at Yuuko's shop [[spoiler:after she disappears and Watanuki becomes the new owner]], you could hear the collective {{squee}}ing of fangirls at the sight of them acting like [[strike:husband and wife]] a married couple in a situation that has been the set up to countless Yaoi doujinshi... except Watanuki remains as ambivalent as ever towards Doumeki. [[FanNickname Sadistic Lady Mangaka]] indeed. As the story progresses it becomes easier and easier to accuse them of just doing it on purpose...
** Not to mention for all the talk about Watanuki being destined for Doumeki or Himawari, there is an absolute mountain of teasing between [[MentorShip Watanuki and Yuuko]]. Pick any official illustration with the two of them in it, and you can bet anyone who hasn't read the manga will ASSUME something's up between them. [[spoiler: And considering that Watanuki is staying at her shop because he ''knowingly imprisoned himself'' there in order to wait for her to come back to him after she disappeared, they might not be wrong!]]
*** Although, as revealed in ''Tsubasa'', [[spoiler: he may have chosen that price because he couldn't come up with anything else quickly enough. He even acknowledged that he knew that the price wasn't quite right. It's true that he had already made his decision to wait for her, but the method might have been less self-sacrificial if ''Tsubasa'' had ended differently.]]
*** Even so, [[spoiler: it certainly doesn't change the fact that he's now developed a tendency to go into moments of melancholy reminiscence over her while whispering her name. Extra points go to the fact that Watanuki now not only resembles Clow Reed, with whom Yuuko was heavily implied to be in some sort of close relationship, but is also increasingly becoming ''like'' him.]]
** In chapter 199, [[spoiler: Himawari and Watanuki say that they love each other over the phone. However Himawari [[UsefulNotes/{{Tanabata}} can only visit Watanuki once a year]], so who knows what that means for their relationship...]]
*** [[spoiler: Regardless of the mutual confession, Himawari does end up married to another man. Although her continued phone calls to Watanuki and her statement in an OVA (that was written by CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa herself) that she made a promise with her husband that April 1st will always be reserved for her to visit Watanuki.]]
** [[spoiler: Chapter 203's cliffhanger of Watanuki presenting Doumeki a ring was only to give him a purification tool, with the caution that Doumeki should not hesitate in using it to destroy anything malicious -- even Watanuki. '''[[DyingAsYourself ESPECIALLY if it's Watanuki.]]''']]
* ShipperOnDeck: Yuuko, Himawari, and even ''Larg'' ship Doumeki/Watanuki, and constantly try to hint and push Watanuki to realize Doumeki's usefulness for him.
* ShoutOut:
** To the various classic manga Yuuko enjoys and often references to Watanuki's confusion (such as ''Cat's Eye'', ''City Hunter'', ''Casshern'' and ''Macaroni Horen-so''). Watanuki even directly references ''Franchise/StarWars'' in an early volume.
** For one of his errands, Watanuki has to use a [[VisualNovel/{{Kanon}} winged]] [[Manga/CardCaptorSakura backpack]] [[spoiler:containing Larg]].
** Watanuki is forced by Yuuko to wear [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Persocom-ear-shaped headphones]]. Moro and Maru can be seen reading "The City With No People" aloud at one point.
** In-story about the woman with the addiction to her laptop, Yuuko references ''Franchise/{{Lupin III}}'' by writing "Zantetsuken" on her bat and saying Goemon Ishikawa's catch-phrase, "Once again, I have cut a worthless object".
** ''Possibly'' the young girl in the apartment above the internet-addict: she has short, wavy hair, lives alone in a wrecked apartment, wears beaten-up clothes, [[Literature/LetTheRightOneIn had a much older companion who killed himself, finds nothing unusual about the supernatural, cries "blood", and has been a teen for a very long time.]] [[spoiler: She's a mermaid (or ate one), not a vampire.]]
** The girl whose soul is almost taken by a pair of angelic wings looks appropriately like another famous angel, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa]].
* ShrinkingViolet: The Zashiki-Warashi. Complete with the HighPressureEmotion listed above.
* SickEpisode: Season 1 episodes 22 and 23 are this for Watanuki, although they are [[BloodFromTheMouth slightly]] [[LifeDrinker more horrifying than is usual for this trope.]]
* SitcomArchNemesis: Watanuki hates Doumeki, for no adequately explored reason.
%%* SleepModeSize: Mugetsu's pipe-size form.
* SmokingIsCool: Yuuko is smoking tobacco. Haruka is shown smoking cigarettes (although he's mellow enough for it to be a joint). [[spoiler: As of Chapter 185, Watanuki seems to be trying to pick up the habit, in order to emulate Yuuko's manner.]]
* SnowballFight:
** A filler episode written by the anime staff pits most of the major players, along with the Warashi, in an entertaining one of these, arranged by Yuuko, which also involves building snowmen.
** There's one of these in a filler manga chapter too.
* SquirrelsInMyPants: Watanuki ends up going through this a few times thanks to the Pipe Fox spirit Mugetsu, who has no concept of personal space.
* StageMom: Kohane has a decidedly unpleasant one.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Himawari's]] happy face only breaks after [[spoiler: Watanuki decides to stay by her even after her DoomMagnet status nearly kills him]]. A few of Yuuko's clients qualify as well, most recently Watanuki's cooking student who smiles politely when she explains that won't eat her own cooking because she thinks she's [[spoiler:[[FreudianExcuse disgusting]]]]. This is because the taste of a person's cooking in the [=×××HOLiC=]-verse gives a sensation of that person's true nature (Doumeki can't seem to get enough of Watanuki's cooking, and Watanuki himself can't remember eating his own food due to the price he paid being the knowledge pertaining to his identity), and she's [[spoiler: got a subconscious loathing of herself so she's terrified about finding out how her food tastes. It's really bland and compared to the warmth revealed in Watanuki's cooking drives her to ask her fiance to wait while she develops her own self through more instruction by Watanuki.]]
* TheStoic: Doumeki seems to have about two facial expressions, ''at best''. It comes with being the TallDarkAndSnarky with a SugarAndIcePersonality. Lampshaded when Doumeki's grandfather Haruka makes his appearance, who is so identical to him that it's pointed out that one of the only ways to tell them apart is the fact Haruka actually smiles.
* SugarAndIcePersonality:
** Doumeki.
** Also Yuuko - the gentle, affectionate smile she gives Watanuki while celebrating his birthday at the start of Volume 12 reflects this; it is a far cry from her usual CheshireCatGrin or knowing smirk.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Doumeki, in a classic CLAMP {{Seme}} role.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Watanuki in chapter 190. This seems to be a joke lost in translation. The way Doumeki says "strike" makes it sort of sound like he's demanding a massage from Watanuki, and Watanuki calls him out on it.
* ThemeNaming: Both Shizuka Doumeki and his grandfather Haruka Doumeki have androgynous first names that are more commonly [[GenderBlenderName given to girls.]] [[spoiler: Doumeki's grandson, who is unnamed in his appearance in the manga is revealed to have the name Sayaka in an official guidebook, which continues the Doumeki tradition of 3-syllabic first names ending in "ka", though unlike that of his forefathers, it is a distinctly feminine name rather than androgynous.]]
* ThroughHisStomach: How Watanuki pays [[BigEater Doumeki]] back for favors (such as saving his life). A lot of their [[HoYay bickering]] is normally over Doumeki making ridiculous requests for Watanuki's cooking.
* TimeSkip: More than once. About 2-3 times, to be exact. [[spoiler: Everyone's gotten older leaving Watanuki behind. Such is the downside of immortality.]] One specific example is chapter 213 - [[spoiler: over 100 years have passed since he inherited the shop. The guy looking like Doumeki is actually his great-grandson. [[FridgeHorror The rest of the original cast is long gone by this time!]]]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: In one episode, a girl comes to the shop. She thinks her house is haunted, and wants get be rid of the fear. Turns out, [[spoiler: she's the ghost.]]
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:Watanuki takes over the shop, determined to wait for the day that he gets to see Yuuko again. The manga reverts back to its case-based plot line with Watanuki as the new Yuuko, but Doumeki is still around to help. Except that after the first couple of customers, it's revelaed that that isn't Doumeki, but his great-grandson and Watanuki has been waiting for 100 years already.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Watanuki is a complete and total tsundere towards Doumeki, ''especially'' during times where he has to thank him for saving his life, which to Watanuki's chagrin is fairly often. To a slightly lesser extent, he also acts this way towards Yuuko. Contrast with his behavior towards Himawari, which is squarely ''deredere''.
* UnknownRival: Doumeki, who more often than not is involved in Watanuki's EmbarrassingRescue.
* UnlimitedWardrobe:
** Yuuko never appears twice in the same outfit. As in, when she does, Watanuki panics [[spoiler:and with good reason, since this suggests she's dead]]. On the other hand, Watanuki and company usually just wear their school uniforms.
** Watanuki since [[spoiler: he took over the shop after Yuuko's death. This seems to be yet another way he tries to emulate her.]]
* UrbanFantasy: The Shop itself is placed between the skyscrapers of Tokyo and some scenes take place near well-known landmarks.
* TheVamp: Lady Jorogumo [[spoiler: whose most recent appearance in Chapter 195 definitely invokes the trope. Watanuki manages to keep his mind [[{{NotDistractedByTheSexy}} off her charms]] See [[http://www.onemanga.com/xxxHolic/195/07/ here]]. Or [[http://www.onemanga.com/xxxHolic/195/09/ Exhibit B.]]]]
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: The ending. Watanuki is most content to wait for Yuuko even while knowing it's almost certain she's never to return, at least not as he knew her. Whether he wants to avoid all the RealityBreakingParadox consequences of Clow's wish or prevent the creation of another Ass-Chin or minimize his own impact on the multiverse, or whether Creator/{{CLAMP}} just wrote another GainaxEnding, we can't really be too sure. Nothing is sensible by this point. If Yuuko could die and move [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence on to "where Clow was"]], the guy actually has a much better chance of seeing her if he'd stayed mortal, died and passed on himself. In hindsight, it's possible that the only reason he ''didn't'' choose to let himself die even after all that time passed was to honor Yuuko's final wish that he continue to exist.
* WeaponOfChoice: Cool, collected, priestly Doumeki does traditional Japanese archery (kyudo) and seems to be a valued member of the school's archery team. (It is also a characterization point that the archery team is a high-status club, while Watanuki has no after school activity besides his part-time job, and is thus much lower in the social hierarchy.)
* WeirdnessMagnet: Watanuki, and he ''hates'' it, [[spoiler: although it's his own damn fault for being subconsciously suicidal]].
* WhamLine: In chapter 213: [[spoiler: "You really do look just like him, your great-grandfather".]] Suddenly the readers have it slammed right in their face the realization that [[spoiler: the 'Doumeki' Watanuki's been conversing with for the past few chapters is the great-grandchild of Shizuka Doumeki, that it's been 100 years since Watanuki took over the store, and the fact that everyone we knew in the series save for Watanuki himself has more likely than not already passed away.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: In Chapter 200 [[spoiler: the battered lady is revealed to be eternally youthful, which once pleased her [[MayflyDecemberRomance lover]]. [[BlessedWithSuck Then he became so angry, afraid and depressed that he beat her and killed himself.]] (Watanuki introduces her to the equally immortal Jorogumo so at least she's got a friend.) So... if Watanuki chooses a lover, they could very well have the same fate. Yuuko sets him free, but after more than a century, everyone he once knew is dead. Even Doumeki isn't really Doumeki, no matter how alike they are in mannerisms and looks.]] It doesn't look like it bothers Watanuki one bit. He's still waiting.
* WineIsClassy: Yuuko enjoys nothing more than tossing back beer, sake, and anything with liquor in it in the most booze-hound manner imaginable. That she's still creepy, imposing and ''omniscient'' at times, is a rather interesting contrast. Not to mention smoking ''an opium pipe''. It could just be tobacco in there, but still...
%%* WoobieOfTheWeek: The premise, basically.
* WordSaladTitle: Takes it even a step further by screwing with the title's capitalization.
* TheWorldTree: Watanuki and Doumeki join the "Spirit Parade" and meet TheWorldTree.
%%* WordsCanBreakMyBones
* WorkOffTheDebt: Watanuki's original wish is almost a {{MacGuffin}} to put him in this situation. Technically [[spoiler: Watanuki is working off ''Syaoran's'' debt to time, space, and ''fate itself''. Both Syaoran and Watanuki will spend the rest of their lives trying to clear up his debts.]]
* {{Yandere}}: In Chapter 207, [[spoiler:a woman in love with Doumeki comes to Watanuki to try and get him to fall in love with her, and is so desperate that her soul actually detaches from her body]].
* YankTheDogsChain:
** Watanuki having [[ThrowTheDogABone good things]] taken away from him.
** Also literally, in the first chapter's splash page.
** Same could be said for Iron Woobie Doumeki, honestly. He dedicates himself to protecting Watanuki no matter what, even though the latter generally acts like a jerk towards him, and seems to finally be making some headway in getting closer to Watanuki (who actually starts displaying [[{{Tsundere}} comparatively]] overt gratitude for all he's done)... [[spoiler:and then Yuuko dies and Watanuki shuts himself in the shop to wait for the day he might see her again, distancing himself from everyone as a result]]. TrueArtIsAngsty indeed.
* YaoiFangirl: Yuuko enjoys teasing Watanuki about his closeness with Doumeki, and hints multiple times that maybe Doumeki is the one destined for him instead of Himawari. Heck, to a degree, ''Himawari'' herself ships Doumeki/Watanuki, often commenting on how cute they are when they interact. [[spoiler: They kind of have to do that to make sure that Watanuki is not alone. Which incidentally brings us to...]]
* YouAreNotAlone: The primary reason why [[spoiler: Doumeki loyally stays by Watanuki's side turns out be to prove him this, after Doumeki once saw Watanuki standing by a river one [[GrayRainOfDepression rainy day]], lamenting on whether or not he'd die alone. Yuuko also has been actively trying to get Watanuki to realize for himself that there are people he's connected with and hold him dear. Later, Kohane also muses that Watanuki has many friends who are there for him.]]
* ZigzaggingTrope: The LoveTriangle between Watanuki, Himawari, and Doumeki. First, see EvenTheGuysWantHim. Then it gets ''more'' complicated when it turns out that [[spoiler: Watanuki seems to care more for [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Yuuko]] than the other two. And ''then'' comes chapter 199, which has Himawari and Watanuki share a fond phone call after Himiwari has moved away for university. ''But'' they can't meet more than [[UsefulNotes/{{Tanabata}} once a year]]... and Doumeki apparently passes on messages, news and presents between the two of them. As of chapter 209, it seems she's married. In the conclusion of the series, we find out that the Doumeki we've been seeing in the latest chapters is actually Shizuka Doumeki's great grandson, meaning that the one who stuck with Watanuki through ''everything'' and never really asked for anything in return did eventually have a family. According to above via WordOfGod Kohane and Doumeki got married despite both of them loving Watanuki. Maybe to leave him with people who could [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy stay by his side after them?]]]]
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