History Manga / YuYuHakusho

14th Jul '16 6:24:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Yusuke's [[FiveManBand little group]] has got two red heads in it: Kuwabara and Kurama. Kuwabara is blondish-red while Kurama has dark crimson hair (most of the time).
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** Hiei '''(Melancholic)''' - aloof, cold, cynical and reserved

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** Hiei '''(Melancholic)''' '''(Supine)''' - aloof, cold, cynical and reserved
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** Kuwabara '''(Choleric)''' - loyal, clumsy, stubborn, and short-tempered
** Kurama '''(Phlegmatic)''' - calm, sarcastic, calculating, and analytical
** Hiei '''(Melancholic)''' - aloof, snarky, cynical, and reserved

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** Kuwabara '''(Choleric)''' - loyal, clumsy, stubborn, stubborn and short-tempered
** Kurama '''(Phlegmatic)''' '''(Melancholic)''' - analytical, calm, sarcastic, calculating, calculating and analytical
cunning
** Hiei '''(Melancholic)''' - aloof, snarky, cynical, cold, cynical and reserved
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** Kurama '''(Melancholic)''' - calm, sarcastic, calculating, and analytical
** Hiei '''(Phlegmatic)''' - aloof, snarky, cynical, and elusive

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** Kurama '''(Melancholic)''' '''(Phlegmatic)''' - calm, sarcastic, calculating, and analytical
** Hiei '''(Phlegmatic)''' '''(Melancholic)''' - aloof, snarky, cynical, and elusivereserved
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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Yusuke (Supine), Hiei (Phlegmatic), Kurama (Melancholic), Kuwabara (Choleric), Botan (Choleric), Koenma (Sanguine), and Keiko (Melancholic)

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: FourTemperamentEnsemble:
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Yusuke (Supine), Hiei (Phlegmatic), Kurama (Melancholic), '''(Supine)''' - short-tempered, cocky, impulsive and insecure
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Kuwabara (Choleric), Botan (Choleric), Koenma (Sanguine), '''(Choleric)''' - loyal, clumsy, stubborn, and Keiko (Melancholic)short-tempered
** Kurama '''(Melancholic)''' - calm, sarcastic, calculating, and analytical
** Hiei '''(Phlegmatic)''' - aloof, snarky, cynical, and elusive
20th Jun '16 8:20:15 PM ShorinBJ
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->"This boy's name is Yusuke. He's 14 years old, and is ''supposed'' to be the hero of this story, [[DeadToBeginWith but oddly enough... He's dead.]]"

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->"This ->"And so it all begins. This boy's name is Yusuke. He's 14 years old, and is ''supposed'' to be the hero of this story, [[DeadToBeginWith but oddly enough... He's dead.]]"



** Yusuke, while still a delinquent in the anime, has some of his bad traits toned down, like his smoking habit, gambling, and shoplifting.



* AdaptationalHeroism: Yusuke, while still a delinquent in the anime, has some of his bad traits toned down, like his smoking habit, gambling, and shoplifting.
5th Jun '16 5:15:06 PM merotoker
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During ''[=YuYu=] Hakusho'''s initial run in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, it was one of the few shows to compete at all with ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' during the early '90s. It is a classic [[ShonenDemographic shonen]] anime featuring colorful characters, lots of humor, and very clever fights. It wasn't as popular in the States as other series, but was one of the first anime to air (mostly uncut) on Creator/AdultSwim, until it migrated to Creator/{{Toonami}} with an edited weekday version. It was among Creator/FUNimation's earliest shows to dub alongside ''Dragon Ball Z,'' and therefore, starred some of its earliest regular cast members and kickstarted their reputation. Then 19 year old Justin Cook, who was the Line Producer and played the lead role, is now the chief producer at the studio. In the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, the series was titled "[[CompletelyDifferentTitle Ghost Fighter]]" (and with different character names) and went on to be one of the landmark anime series there as well.

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During ''[=YuYu=] Hakusho'''s initial run in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, it was one of the few shows to compete at all with ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' during the early '90s. It is a classic [[ShonenDemographic shonen]] {{shonen|Demographic}} anime featuring colorful characters, lots of humor, and very clever fights. It wasn't as popular in the States as other series, but was one of the first anime to air (mostly uncut) on Creator/AdultSwim, until it migrated to Creator/{{Toonami}} with an edited weekday version. It was among Creator/FUNimation's earliest shows to dub alongside ''Dragon Ball Z,'' and therefore, starred some of its earliest regular cast members and kickstarted their reputation. Then 19 year old Justin Cook, who was the Line Producer and played the lead role, is now the chief producer at the studio. In the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, the series was titled "[[CompletelyDifferentTitle Ghost Fighter]]" (and with different character names) and went on to be one of the landmark anime series there as well.



* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse: In the last few minutes of the second to last episode several hints are given, and then in the preview for the final episode Yusuke says "well, the secret's out" and it's finally revealed: The show you've been watching is a compilation of footage taken by the Spirit World as they monitored Yusuke's adventures.



* AndIMustScream: Kurama's CoolAndUnusualPunishment of [[spoiler: Elder Toguro.]]
* AndThisIsFor: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Yusuke in the ''Dark Tournament'' Arc, while pummeling the particularly odious Dr. Ichigaki, who has [[spoiler: beaten the snot out of Kuwabara and enslaved innocent martial artists.]]

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* AndIMustScream: Kurama's CoolAndUnusualPunishment of [[spoiler: Elder Toguro.]]
Toguro]].
* AndThisIsFor: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Yusuke in the ''Dark Tournament'' Arc, while pummeling the particularly odious Dr. Ichigaki, who has [[spoiler: beaten the snot out of Kuwabara and enslaved innocent martial artists.]]artists]].



* ArcNumber: Seven for the ''Sensui'' arc. It's declared that the "seven" will dig a grave for humanity, [[spoiler: but it's seven personalities; Itsuki remarks that Sensui saw all of his followers as expendable.]]

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* ArcNumber: Seven for the ''Sensui'' arc. It's declared that the "seven" will dig a grave for humanity, [[spoiler: but it's seven personalities; Itsuki remarks that Sensui saw all of his followers as expendable.]]expendable]].



** Seen several times in the ''Dark Tournament'' arc. Arc Villain Toguro at the higher reaches of his strength produces an aura which dissolves weaker demons. Of special note is Toguro's unwilling subordinate Bui, whose major power is literally and explicitly called Battle Aura; he uses it to fly and shoots pieces of it for attacks. The reason for Bui's insanely heavy armor is that [[spoiler: Bui's raw power is greater than his fine control, and he can't turn the aura off. The armor acts a PowerLimiter to keep his aura restrained until he decides to take his armor off.]]
** Becomes more common as the series goes on. Yusuke starts showing one in the ''Dark Tournament.'' The ''Chapter Black'' arc BigBad's aura is so strong it physically prevents energy attacks from hitting him. Yusuke, Yomi, Mikuro, and Raizen's old friends each produce massive auras in the Demon World Tournament.

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** Seen several times in the ''Dark Tournament'' arc. Arc Villain Toguro at the higher reaches of his strength produces an aura which dissolves weaker demons. Of special note is Toguro's unwilling subordinate Bui, whose major power is literally and explicitly called Battle Aura; he uses it to fly and shoots pieces of it for attacks. The reason for Bui's insanely heavy armor is that [[spoiler: Bui's raw power is greater than his fine control, and he can't turn the aura off. The armor acts a PowerLimiter to keep his aura restrained until he decides to take his armor off.]]
off]].
** Becomes more common as the series goes on. Yusuke starts showing one in the ''Dark Tournament.'' The ''Chapter Black'' arc BigBad's aura is so strong it physically prevents energy attacks from hitting him. Yusuke, Yomi, Mikuro, Mukuro, and Raizen's old friends each produce massive auras in the Demon World Tournament.



* BeamSpam: Yusuke against [[spoiler: Yomi, firing his near infinite amount of Yo / Demon Gun at Yomi's [[DeflectorShields Demon Energy Barrier]] before finally breaking the barrier with YinYangBomb shots.]]

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* BeamSpam: Yusuke against [[spoiler: Yomi, firing his near infinite amount of Yo / Demon Gun at Yomi's [[DeflectorShields Demon Energy Barrier]] before finally breaking the barrier with YinYangBomb shots.]]shots]].



* BetterThanNew: Yusuke appears to be permanantly [[FinalDeath dead,]] however this trope is invoked [[spoiler: as his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide demonic half]] awakens.]]

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* BetterThanNew: Yusuke appears to be permanantly permanently [[FinalDeath dead,]] however this trope is invoked [[spoiler: as his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide demonic half]] awakens.]]awakens]].



** Yukina, of all people, when she reveals [[spoiler: she was searching for her brother to remind him he promised to exterminate all the Koorime.]]

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** Yukina, of all people, when she reveals [[spoiler: she was searching for her brother to remind him he promised to exterminate all the Koorime.]]Koorime]].



** Some of the [[ArcVillain arc villains]] in the ''Dark Tournament'' are pretty haughty, but end up getting taken out with relative ease. Most notably are Shishiwakamaru and Suzuki from Team Uraotogi, who are each primed to be intimidating foes, yet [[spoiler: each lose easily to a severely weakened Genkai.]]
** Also, Risho of Team Masho, who takes particular glee in the potential of taking victory over Team Urameshi, even though it would mostly be by technicality (Yusuke, Genkai, and Hiei were all kept at bay by a bogus call from the Tournament Committee and a trap from outside the ring, and Kurama didn't actually lose -- he won both of his fights, and Butahiri just fixed it so Bakken got to beat on his unconscious body). Then comes Kuwabara, who -- despite suffering from crippling injuries -- [[spoiler: [[ThePowerOfLove easily wipes the floor with Risho]] once he realizes Yukina is watching the fight.]]

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** Some of the [[ArcVillain arc villains]] {{arc villain}}s in the ''Dark Tournament'' are pretty haughty, but end up getting taken out with relative ease. Most notably are Shishiwakamaru and Suzuki from Team Uraotogi, who are each primed to be intimidating foes, yet [[spoiler: each lose easily to a severely weakened Genkai.]]
Genkai]].
** Also, Risho of Team Masho, who takes particular glee in the potential of taking victory over Team Urameshi, even though it would mostly be by technicality (Yusuke, Genkai, and Hiei were all kept at bay by a bogus call from the Tournament Committee and a trap from outside the ring, and Kurama didn't actually lose -- he won both of his fights, and Butahiri just fixed it so Bakken got to beat on his unconscious body). Then comes Kuwabara, who -- despite suffering from crippling injuries -- [[spoiler: [[ThePowerOfLove easily wipes the floor with Risho]] once he realizes Yukina is watching the fight.]]fight]].



* BoardToDeath: What happens during the ''Dark Tournament'' when [[spoiler: Sakyo reveals his plan to open a gateway to the Spirit World to the rest of the Black Black Club, and then has Toguro kill them when they object.]]

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* BoardToDeath: What happens during the ''Dark Tournament'' when [[spoiler: Sakyo reveals his plan to open a gateway to the Spirit World to the rest of the Black Black Club, and then has Toguro kill them when they object.]]object]].



** Mukuro's back story went from [[spoiler: being her father's sex slave who disfigured herself to keep herself from being molested by him]] in the manga to [[spoiler: being an already cybernetic slave who couldn't remove the shackles from her arms even after she escaped and had to pay for her freedom with the flesh from half her body.]] Still badass either way.
** When Cartoon Network aired this as part of Toonami (back when Toonami was a daytime anime series that aired a lot of series that, these days, would air uncut or lightly edited on the Saturday night version that's a part of Creator/AdultSwim), the episode that had Yusuke fighting a female demon who was actually a man had it changed to a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bitch]] who faked her injuries so she can weaken any male fighters who [[WouldntHitAGirl have qualms about beating up women.]] Also, Chu (the drunken fighter) was changed to a boisterous Australian who [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass acted like a fool to mask the fact that he was a powerful fighter.]]

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** Mukuro's back story went from [[spoiler: being her father's sex slave who disfigured herself to keep herself from being molested by him]] in the manga to [[spoiler: being an already cybernetic slave who couldn't remove the shackles from her arms even after she escaped and had to pay for her freedom with the flesh from half her body.]] body]]. Still badass either way.
** When Cartoon Network aired this as part of Toonami (back when Toonami was a daytime anime series that aired a lot of series that, these days, would air uncut or lightly edited on the Saturday night version that's a part of Creator/AdultSwim), the episode that had Yusuke fighting a female demon who was actually a man had it changed to a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bitch]] {{manipulative b|astard}}itch who faked her injuries so she can weaken any male fighters who [[WouldntHitAGirl have qualms about beating up women.]] Also, Chu (the drunken fighter) was changed to a boisterous Australian who [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass acted like a fool to mask the fact that he was a powerful fighter.]]



* CanNotSpitItOut: Subverted, of all couples, by [[spoiler: Yusuke and Keiko!]] According to [[spoiler: Keiko's dad, Yusuke's favorite way to make up with Keiko after a fight]] is to propose marriage.

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* CanNotSpitItOut: Subverted, of all couples, by [[spoiler: Yusuke and Keiko!]] Keiko]]! According to [[spoiler: Keiko's dad, Yusuke's favorite way to make up with Keiko after a fight]] is to propose marriage.



** During the ''Dark Tournament'' arc, demons fight against each other in order to get a wish granted by the Human ran committee and to entertain their immoral human sponsors as they [[PassThePopcorn casually gamble large amounts of money.]] When the human businessmen aren't gathering them for the [[BloodSport Dark Tournament,]] they summoned (via human psychics), [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything captured, and bought demons to be kept]] [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil as slaves]] (of whom some female demons are implied to be [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil kept as]] {{Sex Slave}}s). One businessman in particular, Gonzo Tarukane (the founder of the Black Book Club), kidnapped the innocent snow maiden Yukina due to her tears producing rare jewels and tortured her [[ColdBloodedTorture physically]] and [[MindRape emotionally]] to get them and sell them. In the absolute worst case, the Black Book Club [[spoiler: tortured and slaughtered the demons in their possession to [[BloodBath bathe in their blood as part of the Festival of Vices]] [[ForTheEvulz to entertain themselves.]]]]

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** During the ''Dark Tournament'' arc, demons fight against each other in order to get a wish granted by the Human ran committee and to entertain their immoral human sponsors as they [[PassThePopcorn casually gamble large amounts of money.]] When the human businessmen aren't gathering them for the [[BloodSport Dark Tournament,]] they summoned (via human psychics), [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything captured, and bought demons to be kept]] [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil as slaves]] (of whom some female demons are implied to be [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil kept as]] {{Sex Slave}}s). One businessman in particular, Gonzo Tarukane (the founder of the Black Book Club), kidnapped the innocent snow maiden Yukina due to her tears producing rare jewels and tortured her [[ColdBloodedTorture physically]] and [[MindRape emotionally]] to get them and sell them. In the absolute worst case, the Black Book Club [[spoiler: tortured and slaughtered the demons in their possession to [[BloodBath bathe in their blood as part of the Festival of Vices]] [[ForTheEvulz to entertain themselves.]]]]themselves]]]].



* CerebusSyndrome: The manga starts out as an episodic comedy about Yusuke and Botan as ghosts trying to help the living with their problems. After a couple volumes of this, it abruptly shifts into [[ShonenDemographic shonen]] action mode. This gets far fewer complaints from fans than many CerebusSyndrome victims, however, because most fans know the series from the anime adaption, which skips the comedic stories from the manga and rushes ahead to the action portion.\\\

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* CerebusSyndrome: The manga starts out as an episodic comedy about Yusuke and Botan as ghosts trying to help the living with their problems. After a couple volumes of this, it abruptly shifts into [[ShonenDemographic shonen]] {{shonen|Demographic}} action mode. This gets far fewer complaints from fans than many CerebusSyndrome victims, however, because most fans know the series from the anime adaption, which skips the comedic stories from the manga and rushes ahead to the action portion.\\\



** The Mafuukan ([[spoiler: Koenmna's pacifier. This also explains why he wouldn't let Ogre remove it during the Dark Tournament.]])

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** The Mafuukan ([[spoiler: Koenmna's pacifier. This also explains why he wouldn't let Ogre remove it during the Dark Tournament.]])Tournament]].)



* CirclesOfHell: [[spoiler: Younger Toguro goes to the deepest pit of hell out of his own, complex guilt about everything.]]

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* CirclesOfHell: [[spoiler: Younger Toguro goes to the deepest pit of hell out of his own, complex guilt about everything.]]everything]].



** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Koto (the announcer cat-girl): "Well, they've burned their skin, shortened their breath, and somehow lost their shirts. All in all, I'd call this a successful fight."

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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Koto (the announcer cat-girl): "Well, they've burned their skin, shortened their breath, and somehow lost their shirts. All in all, I'd call this a successful fight."



* DarkestHour: The Chapter Black arc is where the series takes a [[DarkerAndEdgier darker turn]] in general. Near the end of the arc, [[spoiler:Sensui kills Yusuke (and Puu dies as a result). The tunnel to Demon World becomes complete. Yusuke's HeroicSacrifice awakens greater power in his friends, who attempt to avenge his death in a three-on-one battle against Sensui, but fail nonetheless. At the end of the episode "Attempting Revenge", Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei fall helplessly before Sensui, knowing that even after their friend's sacrifice, they still failed him.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler: At worst, most demons play pranks on humans.]]) At least in the manga. For most of the series, they do seem extremely bloodthirsty. It's explained away in the manga by [[spoiler: King Yama brainwashing demons in order to set up cases]], but in the anime just has Enki "change the system" and the way demons act once he [[spoiler: becomes King of Demon World]].

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* DarkestHour: The Chapter Black arc is where the series takes a [[DarkerAndEdgier darker turn]] in general. Near the end of the arc, [[spoiler:Sensui kills Yusuke (and Puu dies as a result). The tunnel to Demon World becomes complete. Yusuke's HeroicSacrifice awakens greater power in his friends, who attempt to avenge his death in a three-on-one battle against Sensui, but fail nonetheless. At the end of the episode "Attempting Revenge", Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei fall helplessly before Sensui, knowing that even after their friend's sacrifice, they still failed him.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler: At worst, most demons play pranks on humans.]]) ]] At least in the manga. For most of the series, they do seem extremely bloodthirsty. It's explained away in the manga by [[spoiler: King Yama brainwashing demons in order to set up cases]], but in the anime just has Enki "change the system" and the way demons act once he [[spoiler: becomes King of Demon World]].



* DavidVersusGoliath: Every. Single. One. Of Hiei's fights and most of Yusuke's fights.
** He is only 4'11".
* DayInTheLimelight: Hiei and Kurama each get 2 episodes in the last arc detailing their backstories in full, and show how they ingratiate themselves to life under their respective Demon Kings (Mukuro for Hiei, Yomi for Kurama).

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* DarkestHour: The Chapter Black arc is where the series takes a [[DarkerAndEdgier darker turn]] in general. Near the end of the arc, [[spoiler:Sensui kills Yusuke (and Puu dies as a result). The tunnel to Demon World becomes complete. Yusuke's HeroicSacrifice awakens greater power in his friends, who attempt to avenge his death in a three-on-one battle against Sensui, but fail nonetheless. At the end of the episode "Attempting Revenge", Kuwabara, Kurama and Hiei fall helplessly before Sensui, knowing that even after their friend's sacrifice, they still failed him]].
* DavidVersusGoliath: Every. Single. One. Of Hiei's fights and most of Yusuke's fights.
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fights. He is only 4'11".
* DayInTheLimelight: ADayInTheLimelight: Hiei and Kurama each get 2 episodes in the last arc detailing their backstories in full, and show how they ingratiate themselves to life under their respective Demon Kings (Mukuro for Hiei, Yomi for Kurama).



* DepravedHomosexual: Subverted, played around with, possibly averted and inverted with [[spoiler:Sensui]].) Played straight with Itsuki and Karasu.

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* DepravedHomosexual: Subverted, played around with, possibly averted and inverted with [[spoiler:Sensui]].) Played straight with Itsuki and Karasu.



** If you watch the uncut version that is. In the EditedForSyndication American dub that aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork, [[ShesAManInJapan all the references to the female fighter actually being a man were changed]] to the fighter being a {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch who fakes her injuries so she can make her male fighters feel guilty about beating up a woman—and uses that moment of weakness to strike back).

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** If you watch the uncut version that is. In the EditedForSyndication American dub that aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork, [[ShesAManInJapan all the references to the female fighter actually being a man were changed]] to the fighter being a {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch who fakes her injuries so she can make her male fighters feel guilty about beating up a woman—and uses that moment of weakness to strike back).back.



** Toguro refuses his elder brother's offer for assistance prior to his match with Yusuke in the Dark Tournament finals, right before smacking the crap out of him. When elder Toguro gets angry and remarks that they sold their souls together, younger Toguro responds, "That may be. [[LampshadeHanging But I never sold my standards]].") The fact that he had basically bad-mouthed his former lover he had killed the last night and disgraced her memory didn't help at all.

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** Toguro refuses his elder brother's offer for assistance prior to his match with Yusuke in the Dark Tournament finals, right before smacking the crap out of him. When elder Elder Toguro gets angry and remarks that they sold their souls together, younger Toguro responds, "That may be. [[LampshadeHanging But I never sold my standards]].") " The fact that he had basically bad-mouthed his former lover he had killed the last night and disgraced her memory didn't help at all.



** Sensui, who's also a NietzscheWannabe, a FallenHero, and a DarkMessiah...

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** Sensui, who's also a NietzscheWannabe, [[StrawNihilist Nietzsche Wannabe]], a FallenHero, and a DarkMessiah...



** For the most part, this is actually an ''averted'' trope. ExplainingYourPowersToTheEnemy, while it makes utterly no sense in-universe, is mainly used so the ''reader/viewer'' can understand the ability being used. In the anime, the ''narrator'' explains the abilities or items characters are using most of the time, and thus this trope stays averted for the most part.

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** For the most part, this is actually an ''averted'' trope. ExplainingYourPowersToTheEnemy, ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy, while it makes utterly no sense in-universe, is mainly used so the ''reader/viewer'' can understand the ability being used. In the anime, the ''narrator'' explains the abilities or items characters are using most of the time, and thus this trope stays averted for the most part.



** [[spoiler:Toguro, as Genkai's former teammate, seeks his own death at the hands of Yusuke, her student, for reasons only speculated in the series—perhaps as a form of atonement, or to prove to himself that the decision he made to abandon his humanity was a mistake]].

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** [[spoiler:Toguro, as Genkai's former teammate, seeks his own death at the hands of Yusuke, her student, for reasons only speculated in the series—perhaps as a form of atonement, or to prove to himself that the decision he made to abandon his humanity was a mistake]]. mistake.]]



** Somewhat averted with [[spoiler: Sensui. His fate: having his soul never leave his body even after death and thus being confined to eternal sleep and no afterlife, would seem like a FateWorseThanDeath to most, but apparently Sensui actually finds this preferable to being judged by Spirit World in the afterlife.]]

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** Somewhat averted with [[spoiler: Sensui. His fate: having his soul never leave his body even after death and thus being confined to eternal sleep and no afterlife, would seem like a FateWorseThanDeath to most, but apparently Sensui actually finds this preferable to being judged by Spirit World in the afterlife.]]afterlife]].



** TheHero: Yusuke, the protagonist. Most of the series is him getting assignments and the other working with him.
** TheLancer: Kuwabara has known Yusuke the longest and they are in constant conflict.
** TheBigGuy: Hiei, despite his size, his Dragon of the Darkness Flame ability has the most blunt force strength in the series.
** TheSmartGuy: Kurama, he is super analytical and frequently shown outsmarting opponents. He is also regarded as a genius in his human life.
** TheChick: Botan, the only girl and usually cheerful and supportive.



*** Kurama: [[spoiler: Has an obvious advantage at the start of both fights (as Suichi vs Roto and as Yoko vs Karasu) but loses it for unexpected reasons. While his sadistic opponent toys with him, Kurama keeps his cool and devises a plan. By distracting both Roto and Karasu and planting a seed in their bodies, Kurama snatches victory from defeat and reduces both his opponents to demon plant fertilizer.]]
*** Hiei: [[spoiler: Is evenly matched to start against Zeru and Bui, but both opponents land a strong blow that appears to utterly destroy Hiei. Instead Hiei not only survives through sheer bad-assery but counters with his ultimate technique that soundly defeats his opponent.]]
*** Kuwabara: [[spoiler: Fights physically weaker opponents Rinku and Elder Toguro but has some difficulty hitting their body and/or his vital organs. Eventually the opponents suspend Kuwabara in the air through some rope or tentacle attack and throw Kuwabara to the ground. Despite this Kuwabara fights through the pain and defeats but fails to kill his opponents.]]
*** Yusuke: [[spoiler: Fights an all-around strong and able warrior in the form of Chuu and Toguro. Yusuke and his opponent reveal surprise after surprise and many secret techniques. The fight inevitably boils down to a no-holds-bar, winner-take-all confrontation where both warriors use every ounce of their strength to decide a winner.]]

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*** Kurama: [[spoiler: Has an obvious advantage at the start of both fights (as Suichi vs Roto and as Yoko vs Karasu) but loses it for unexpected reasons. While his sadistic opponent toys with him, Kurama keeps his cool and devises a plan. By distracting both Roto and Karasu and planting a seed in their bodies, Kurama snatches victory from defeat and reduces both his opponents to demon plant fertilizer.]]
fertilizer]].
*** Hiei: [[spoiler: Is evenly matched to start against Zeru and Bui, but both opponents land a strong blow that appears to utterly destroy Hiei. Instead Hiei not only survives through sheer bad-assery but counters with his ultimate technique that soundly defeats his opponent.]]
opponent]].
*** Kuwabara: [[spoiler: Fights physically weaker opponents Rinku and Elder Toguro but has some difficulty hitting their body and/or his vital organs. Eventually the opponents suspend Kuwabara in the air through some rope or tentacle attack and throw Kuwabara to the ground. Despite this Kuwabara fights through the pain and defeats but fails to kill his opponents.]]
opponents]].
*** Yusuke: [[spoiler: Fights an all-around strong and able warrior in the form of Chuu and Toguro. Yusuke and his opponent reveal surprise after surprise and many secret techniques. The fight inevitably boils down to a no-holds-bar, winner-take-all confrontation where both warriors use every ounce of their strength to decide a winner.]] winner]].



** Another one involving Kaito: when he first appears, he (pretending to be evil) forces he heroes into a battle of wits in his psychic territory, where failure has a horrible price. Though the others are unable to beat him, Kurama eventually wins by getting inside his head and exploiting his weaknesses - introducing the fact [[HoistByHisOwnPetard that psychics have to play by the same rules in their territories as everyone else.]] Kurama is ultimately forced to deal with the same situation again, with far more deadly results, against [[spoiler: Gamemaster]], and wins in much the same way - while the things they learned against Kaito come back [[spoiler: as tragic rather than triumphant.]]

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** Another one involving Kaito: when he first appears, he (pretending to be evil) forces he heroes into a battle of wits in his psychic territory, where failure has a horrible price. Though the others are unable to beat him, Kurama eventually wins by getting inside his head and exploiting his weaknesses - introducing the fact [[HoistByHisOwnPetard that psychics have to play by the same rules in their territories as everyone else.]] Kurama is ultimately forced to deal with the same situation again, with far more deadly results, against [[spoiler: Gamemaster]], and wins in much the same way - while the things they learned against Kaito come back [[spoiler: as tragic rather than triumphant.]]triumphant]].



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Yukina, [[spoiler: except in regards to the rest of the Ice Maidens]].
** [[spoiler: A possible {{subver|tedTrope}}sion of the trope, if anything.]]
* FreudianTrio: Yusuke and his two [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]], Sensui and Toguro.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Yukina, [[spoiler: except in regards to the rest of the Ice Maidens]].
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Maidens. A possible {{subver|tedTrope}}sion of the trope, if anything.]]
anything]].
* FreudianTrio: Yusuke and his two [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]], {{Evil Counterpart}}s, Sensui and Toguro.



* {{Gonk}}: Gonzo Tarukane. As ''YuYuHakushoAbridged'' puts it, he looks like a walking ballsack.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Kuwabara and Yusuke's pompadours signify their {{delinquent}} anti-hero status; Sensui's slicked-back hair clues us in to his FaceHeelTurn and the fact he's the BigBad of that arc.

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* {{Gonk}}: Gonzo Tarukane. As ''YuYuHakushoAbridged'' ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'' puts it, he looks like a walking ballsack.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Kuwabara and Yusuke's pompadours signify their {{delinquent}} {{delinquent|s}} anti-hero status; Sensui's slicked-back hair clues us in to his FaceHeelTurn and the fact he's the BigBad of that arc.



* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted. [[spoiler: Sensui's scars are multiple, as you'd expect of a villain; however, they are entirely covered by his shirt, as you'd expect of a good guy (because he used to be one). Itsuki becomes scarred over his eye from taking Kuwabara's Rei-ken: a simple heroic scar. Mukuro's scars are also "bad guy" scars that cover half of her body; however, seeing how she got them (by pouring acid over herself to prevent her "father" from raping her as a child), as well as her usual hiding of them, makes them "good guy" markings.]])

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted. [[spoiler: Sensui's scars are multiple, as you'd expect of a villain; however, they are entirely covered by his shirt, as you'd expect of a good guy (because he used to be one). Itsuki becomes scarred over his eye from taking Kuwabara's Rei-ken: a simple heroic scar. Mukuro's scars are also "bad guy" scars that cover half of her body; however, seeing how she got them (by pouring acid over herself to prevent her "father" from raping her as a child), as well as her usual hiding of them, makes them "good guy" markings.]])]]



* HeroicSacrifice: This story ''loved'' to [[PlayedWith play with]] and {{subvert|ed}} this trope as often as it could. Even when it seems it's PlayedStraight, there's always a catch. It figures since the whole story is based on a SenselessSacrifice.

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* HeroicSacrifice: This story ''loved'' to [[PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope play with]] and {{subvert|ed}} {{subvert|edTrope}} this trope as often as it could. Even when it seems it's PlayedStraight, there's always a catch. It figures since the whole story is based on a SenselessSacrifice.



** [[spoiler:Yusuke]] attempts to invoke this during the Chapter Black arc after realizing that he's horribly outclassed by Shinobu's (Sensui) Divine Energy. His friends fail as well, though [[spoiler:his Demonic Atavism is awakened by his second death, giving him the strength to fight with Shinobu on equal terms]]

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** [[spoiler:Yusuke]] attempts to invoke this during the Chapter Black arc after realizing that he's horribly outclassed by Shinobu's (Sensui) Divine Energy. His friends fail as well, though [[spoiler:his Demonic Atavism is awakened by his second death, giving him the strength to fight with Shinobu on equal terms]]terms]].



* HopeSpot: Right before [[spoiler:Yusuke's second death.]]

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* HopeSpot: Right before [[spoiler:Yusuke's second death.]]death]].



* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: Couple names in the dub: Urameshi = ''Yu''rameshi, Mitarai ('mee-tah-rye') = Mitari ('mih-tar-ee').

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* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Couple names in the dub: Urameshi = ''Yu''rameshi, Mitarai ('mee-tah-rye') = Mitari ('mih-tar-ee').



** This being a shounen series, of course, practically every single character absorbs insane amounts of punishment, though usually offenses that produce cutting force seem much more effective at putting people down. Kuwabara, however, takes it UpToEleven: being not as agile or as quick as Yusuke, Kurama and Hiei are, he tends to get hit a ''lot'' in his fights, which does little if anything to shorten them; no matter how many of his bones you break he just takes it and gets back up for more. This is {{justified|trope}} in the Dark Tournament by Rishu, who says that a [[{{Muggle}} normal human's]] body would have died by that point but Kuwabara had been subconsciously using his spirit energy to keep his body alive. He frequently deals out such nasty hits that one foe literally ''ran away'' from him at the prospect of pummeling him over and over again to no effect while attempting to dodge his Reiken (Spirit Sword) for another thirty minutes.

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** This being a shounen series, of course, practically every single character absorbs insane amounts of punishment, though usually offenses that produce cutting force seem much more effective at putting people down. Kuwabara, however, takes it UpToEleven: being not as agile or as quick as Yusuke, Kurama and Hiei are, he tends to get hit a ''lot'' in his fights, which does little if anything to shorten them; no matter how many of his bones you break he just takes it and gets back up for more. This is {{justified|trope}} in the Dark Tournament by Rishu, who says that a [[{{Muggle}} [[{{Muggles}} normal human's]] body would have died by that point but Kuwabara had been subconsciously using his spirit energy to keep his body alive. He frequently deals out such nasty hits that one foe literally ''ran away'' from him at the prospect of pummeling him over and over again to no effect while attempting to dodge his Reiken (Spirit Sword) for another thirty minutes.



* {{Muggle}}: Anyone without any or high enough spiritual awareness or sixth sense.

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* {{Muggle}}: Muggles: Anyone without any or high enough spiritual awareness or sixth sense.



Unlike a lot of {{shonen}}, the general build of each character does not change as they become stronger. In fact, with the exception of Toguro the size of one's muscles has no bearing on actual strength. Explained by Genkai that the physical body has its limitations, but the augmentation of spirit power to their body is crucial.

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Unlike a lot of {{shonen}}, {{shonen|Demographic}}, the general build of each character does not change as they become stronger. In fact, with the exception of Toguro the size of one's muscles has no bearing on actual strength. Explained by Genkai that the physical body has its limitations, but the augmentation of spirit power to their body is crucial.



* TheNineties: The manga/anime takes place in the 1990s. Botan bribes Yusuke with a Tokyo Dome events, dated back in 1992. A [[FreezeFrameBonus Spirit World intelligence report on Gonzo Tarukane has the date stamp of 1993.]]



* NonNaziSwastika: There was a minor villain with a swastika tattooed on his forehead. This was removed in the English dub. Lampshaded in [[YuYuHakushoAbridged Lanipator's]] AbridgedSeries.

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* NonNaziSwastika: There was a minor villain with a swastika tattooed on his forehead. This was removed in the English dub. Lampshaded in [[YuYuHakushoAbridged [[WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged Lanipator's]] AbridgedSeries.



* NotSoDifferent: A major underlying theme of the series is that the differences between humans and demons morality-wise are baseless. At first it seems that demons are made out to be AlwaysChaoticEvil. But later we find many humans in the series who are actually worse and many demons who truly have a good heart at least deep down. The case is brought even further in Chapter Black. Then at the end of the manga, [[spoiler:it is revealed that in the past, Spirit World residents actually made demons look evil so they could rule, not to mention King Yama brainwashing them. This later became a norm so demons have no obligations of being good and usually [[ThenLetMeBeEvil turn out evil]].]] But whether one is human or demon, anyone can have just as much potential for good or evil. [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Well, at least in this show.]]

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* NotSoDifferent: A major underlying theme of the series is that the differences between humans and demons morality-wise are baseless. At first it seems that demons are made out to be AlwaysChaoticEvil. But later we find many humans in the series who are actually worse and many demons who truly have a good heart at least deep down. The case is brought even further in Chapter Black. Then at the end of the manga, [[spoiler:it is revealed that in the past, Spirit World residents actually made demons look evil so they could rule, not to mention King Yama brainwashing them. This later became a norm so demons have no obligations of being good and usually [[ThenLetMeBeEvil turn out evil]].]] evil]]]]. But whether one is human or demon, anyone can have just as much potential for good or evil. [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Well, at least in this show.]]



* OneGenderRace: The Koorime usually reproduce asexually and are all female [[spoiler: this is apparently because any time they reproduce with males, the resulting child will be only male and be extremely violent. Hiei is such a child.]]

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* OneGenderRace: The Koorime usually reproduce asexually and are all female [[spoiler: this is apparently because any time they reproduce with males, the resulting child will be only male and be extremely violent. Hiei is such a child.]]child]].



* OrganDodge: Ani Toguro could rearrange the organs in his body at will, theoretically making it impossible to strike a fatal blow to him. Kuwabara just finds a way to hit every single point on his body simultaneously. [[spoiler:That is enough to stun Toguro, yet still winds up being nonfatal.]]

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* OrganDodge: Ani Elder Toguro could rearrange the organs in his body at will, theoretically making it impossible to strike a fatal blow to him. Kuwabara just finds a way to hit every single point on his body simultaneously. [[spoiler:That is enough to stun Toguro, yet still winds up being nonfatal.]]



** Also during [[spoiler:the fight with Toguro, when Kuwabara [[FakingTheDead "dies"]].]]

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** Also during [[spoiler:the fight with Toguro, when Kuwabara [[FakingTheDead "dies"]].]]"dies"]]]].



* PostGameRetaliation: In Genkai's disciple selection test early on, she has all her applicants get lots of paper. If their paper changed color, they could start her selection trials. If not, they were told to leave. Two [[ArrogantKungFuGuy self-proclaimed experts]] angrily attack Genkai over being rejected. She promptly [[KiAttacks blasts them with spirit energy]] across the courtyard and into her entrance gate. (It turns out that her paper lots were not random; they only changed color if those holding them had a certain amount of spirit energy.)

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* PostGameRetaliation: In Genkai's disciple selection test early on, she has all her applicants get lots of paper. If their paper changed color, they could start her selection trials. If not, they were told to leave. Two [[ArrogantKungFuGuy self-proclaimed experts]] angrily attack Genkai over being rejected. She promptly [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation blasts them with spirit energy]] across the courtyard and into her entrance gate. (It turns out that her paper lots were not random; they only changed color if those holding them had a certain amount of spirit energy.)



* ThePowerOfLove: Rather hilariously referenced [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/76/13 when a half-dead Kuwabara]] went straight from being [[CurbStompBattle owned]] [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/76/19 to knocking the other guy halfway out of the stadium with one punch]] [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/77 and then quickly regenerating his injuries]] ''and'' [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/77/3 refilling his spiritual power.]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: Rather hilariously referenced [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/76/13 [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Yu-Yu-Hakusho/76?id=55573#13 when a half-dead Kuwabara]] went straight from being [[CurbStompBattle owned]] [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/76/19 [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Yu-Yu-Hakusho/76?id=55573#19 to knocking the other guy halfway out of the stadium with one punch]] [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/77 [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Yu-Yu-Hakusho/77?id=55580 and then quickly regenerating his injuries]] ''and'' [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/77/3 [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Yu-Yu-Hakusho/77?id=55580#3 refilling his spiritual power.]]



* RasputinianDeath: Byakko at first seems to explode because Kuwabara overloaded him with the spirit energy absorbtion, but he turns up later to fight around a lava pit. He is then knocked into the lava pit, and shows up afterwards burned and asks Seiryu for help, who then kills him [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness for being too weak]].

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* RasputinianDeath: Byakko at first seems to explode because Kuwabara overloaded him with the spirit energy absorbtion, absorption, but he turns up later to fight around a lava pit. He is then knocked into the lava pit, and shows up afterwards burned and asks Seiryu for help, who then kills him [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness for being too weak]].



** There are three shout outs to ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''[[note]]YoshihiroTogashi is the husband of Sailor Moon creator NaokoTakeuchi.[[/note]]

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** There are three shout outs to ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''[[note]]YoshihiroTogashi ''[[note]]Creator/YoshihiroTogashi is the husband of Sailor Moon creator NaokoTakeuchi.Creator/NaokoTakeuchi.[[/note]]



** There is a momentary shout out to TheStarsMyDestination during the Dark Tournament when an audience member is shown with the N♂MAD tattoo.

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** There is a momentary shout out to TheStarsMyDestination ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' during the Dark Tournament when an audience member is shown with the N♂MAD tattoo.



* TheNineties: The manga/anime takes place in the 1990s. Botan bribes Yusuke with a Tokyo Dome events, dated back in 1992. A [[FreezeFrameBonus Spirit World intelligence report on Gonzo Tarukane has the date stamp of 1993.]]
* TheHero: Yusuke, the protagonist. Most of the series is him getting assignments and the other working with him.
* TheLancer: Kuwabara has known Yusuke the longest and they are in constant conflict.
* TheBigGuy: Hiei, despite his size, his Dragon of the Darkness Flame ability has the most blunt force strength in the series.
* TheSmartGuy: Kurama, he is super analytical and frequently shown outsmarting opponents. He is also regarded as a genius in his human life.
* TheChick: Botan, the only girl and usually cheerful and supportive.



* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse: In the last few minutes of the second to last episode several hints are given, and then in the preview for the final episode Yusuke says "well, the secret's out" and it's finally revealed: The show you've been watching is a compilation of footage taken by the Spirit World as they monitored Yusuke's adventures.



* VictoryIsBoring: Yusuke falls victim to this after [[spoiler: he wins the dark tournament, although he is then punished for his complacency as the next arc starts with him getting kidnapped]]. It then happens AGAIN after [[spoiler: beating Sensui, because being an S-rank demon leaves him as the most powerful fighter in the human world by miles.]]

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* VictoryIsBoring: Yusuke falls victim to this after [[spoiler: he wins the dark tournament, although he is then punished for his complacency as the next arc starts with him getting kidnapped]]. It then happens AGAIN after [[spoiler: beating Sensui, because being an S-rank demon leaves him as the most powerful fighter in the human world by miles.]]miles]].
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* BlondesAreEvil: Karasu once his PowerLimiter slips. Plenty of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' jokes involved too.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: A minor version, since Kuwabara was never really that bad of a guy in the first place, but towards the beginning of both the manga and the anime, Kuwabara's gang gets into trouble for getting into a fight and Kuwabara winds up sticking his neck out for one of his friends and promises to a teacher to stay out of fights and pass an upcoming exam. In the manga this fight is never shown and is implied to be the usual delinquent behavior from him, but in the anime the fight ''is'' shown, and he started the fight only because the gang he was fighting was harrassing (and possibly threatening to molest) Keiko and he wanted to help her out.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Yusuke, while still a delinquent in the anime, has some of his bad traits toned down, like his smoking habit, gambling, and shoplifting.


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** Mr. Iwamoto, despite all of the illegal things he's done in Mr. Takanaka's presence alone, is still employed by the end of the series.


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** Koenma - Sakyo (The team's boss and only participating in the tournament to fill the vacant slots)
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