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[[caption-width-right:311:(From left) [[OnlySaneMan Otonashi]], [[RebelLeader Yuri]], and [[SugarAndIcePersonality An]][[MysticalWhiteHair gel]].]]

'''''Angel Beats!''''' is a LightNovel, {{Anime}}, and {{Manga}} series by KeyVisualArts. It was conceived by Jun Maeda, author of the manga Manga/HibikiNoMahou.

Otonashi wakes up suddenly to find that he can't remember anything, not even his full name. Before he even has time to get his bearings, a purple-haired girl with a sniper rifle informs him that he is dead and asks him to join her rebellion against God... God is nowhere to be seen, however.

The world they are in seems like an enormous Japanese boarding school populated by soulless, though realistic and harmless, [=NPC=]s who act like ordinary students and faculty. The only apparent enemy of the self-named Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) is the student council president, a short, white-haired girl they call Tenshi (Angel), who wields supernatural powers in an effort to force the SSS to behave like the normal students. Every real person who has submitted to this behavior has disappeared forever, so the SSS members are understandably unwilling. The ''Angel Beats!'' anime is the story of Otonashi's time in this strange afterlife, as he learns about his situation, interacts with the others in the SSS and Tenshi, waits to regain his memories, and decides what to do after he does.

The LightNovel and {{manga}} serve as a prequel to the anime, following the character Hinata and detailing the formation of the SSS.

The light novel, ''Angel Beats! Track Zero'', was the first adaptation to see publication in November 2009, spanning seven chapters and one special until its completion in May 2010. The series was authored by Jun Maeda and illustrated by [=GotoP=], and published by ASCII Media Works in ''Dengeki G's Magazine''.

A {{Yonkoma}} manga quickly followed the light novel, under the title ''Angel Beats! The 4-koma'', first published in December 2009. Also authored by Jun Maeda and illustrated by Haruka Komowata, the manga was again published by ASCII Media Works in ''Dengeki G's Magazine''. The manga is currently ongoing.

A ThirteenEpisodeAnime installment of the work, simply named ''Angel Beats!'' and again written by Jun Maeda and directed by Seiji Kishi for studio P.A. Works, aired in the spring of 2010. Included with the 7th and final BD/DVD volume were an {{OVA}} called [[Music/LedZeppelin Stairway to Heaven]] and a short alternate ending called ''Another Epilogue''.

Finally, a second manga was published, adapting and continuing the story of ''Track Zero''. This manga, ''Angel Beats! Heaven's Door'', is again written by Jun Maeda, illustrated by Yuriko Asami, and once again published by ASCII Media Works in ''Dengeki G's Magazine''. First seeing publication in May 2010, this manga series is also ongoing.

A VisualNovel has been [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-09-27/jun-maeda-angel-beats-anime-gets-game-green-lit announced to be greenlit.]] So far it's been told that it will feature more of the ''Angel Beats!'' universe that couldn't be crammed into the anime and/or light novel. The Visual Novel is confirmed to have 6 volumes, with its first volume titled ''[[http://key.visualarts.gr.jp/angelbeats/ Angel Beats! 1st beat]]'' and set to be released in Q2 2014 for Windows PC. The first volume will cover up to the tenth episode of the anime as well as Yui's, Iwasawa's, and Matsushita's routes with Otonashi as the main protagonist, and the subsequent volumes will cover the rest of the character routes.

The TV series is licensed by SentaiFilmworks, the founders of Creator/ADVFilms, for the North American release. No surprise, considering that they've [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} picked up]] [[{{Kanon}} many Key titles]] [[VisualNovel/{{Air}} in the past]]. The series is released with an English dub with the first episodes being shown at Anime Boston. The English dub was released on DVD in July, 2011. Can be [[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Angel-Beats/Watch viewed]] on the Creator/AnimeNetwork and [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats Crunchyroll.]]

For any character-related tropes, please see the [[Characters/AngelBeats characters page]]

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: [[spoiler: At the very least, the new StudentCouncilPresident has a good number of mooks at his disposal.]]
** That is more because [[spoiler: Naoi can hypnotize people. [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Absurdly Powerful]] StudentCouncilPresident?]]
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Naoi]]'s father to a crazy degree. The kindest thing he can recall him saying was a begrudging "that wasn't bad".
** [[spoiler: Iwasawa]] also had one as part of her backstory.
* AdultFear: [[spoiler: Yuri's younger siblings were murdered while she was babysitting.]]
** Also, Yui [[spoiler: was hit by a car and paralyzed when she was little]].
* AdultsAreUseless: Yuri essentially believes the teachers are this way.
** And she's right, considering that they don't seem to notice, well, anything that happens during the exams.
** Averted in the manga, where the teachers and staff are constantly interfering with things.
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Anime/AngelBeats'' is essentially a mixed media project. Much of the background between Yuri and "Angel", including the SSS's formation, plays out in the LightNovel.
* AmusingInjuries: Easy to do when no one can die. Episode 5 uses this repeatedly.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Yuzuru to Kanade, towards the end of Episode 13.]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Angel believes that this is what happens to people when they disappear, but she won't force them into it. [[spoiler:In episode 9, Otonashi comes to believe this as well and is determined to save the rest of SSS]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: Angel's Hand Sonic Version 4 is a blade in the shape of a giant lotus flower. It is only ever used once, for a purpose she probably had not intended it for.
* BackToBackBadasses: Very briefly, but Noda and Hinata in Episode 11.
* BaseballEpisode: Episodes 4 and 10
* BattleInTheRain: Off screen. [[spoiler:We only get to see the aftermath of the [[CurbStompBattle fight]] between the SSS and the student council.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Hinata and Yui
-->'''Yui''': [[spoiler:(After threatening Hinata into a HeroicSacrifice)]] Senpai, wait for me...\\
'''Otonashi''': Do you love him or hate him?
** Definitely {{Foreshadowing}} if you saw [[spoiler:Episode 10]].
* [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Better to Disappear Than Be Assimilated]]: With the appearance of [[spoiler:shadow [=NPC=]s]], Otonashi's resolution to help everyone overcome their emotional baggage now has a lot more pull with the SSS.
* BigDamnHeroes: Episode 12 has [[spoiler:everyone left in the Battlefront joining the fight against the shadows.]]
* BishieSparkle: Otonashi pulls this off momentarily in episode 4 to mock Hinata.
** Also, [[ShirtlessScene Takamatsu]] in episode 5's ending, and most of the other times he appears shirtless (which is often).
* {{Bishounen}}: Majority of the male cast.
* BlackComedy: Those traps seems painful... until you realize that people can't die (permanently) here. And thus it's OK to get killed again and again.
-->'''Yui:''' Even death doesn't cure idiocy.
** They're still painful. Dying hurts.
** Yui accidentally [[spoiler: hanging herself]] in the fourth episode is damn hilarious.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: [[GratuitousEnglish Guard Skill - Hand Sonic]]
* BladeRun: Shiina in the ED.
* BlandNameProduct: Angel apparently uses the [[{{Microsoft}} Macrosoft Winding XO]] OS, which has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard DES]] 128-bit encryption. [[MemeticMutation She's a PC]].
** In the same episode, "Bolvic" brand bottled water.
*** "Bolvic" water reappears in Episode 9,[[spoiler: and it was vital to the survival of train wreck survivors.]]
*** It's filled with [[Memes/{{Advertising}} Bolcanicity!]]
*** Episode 9 also features "Poaky".
** The members of Girls Dead Monster use [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_amps Harshall]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartke Markte]] brand amplifiers.
* BloodierAndGorier: The manga. Of course this extends to both serious moments and the slapstick nature of Angel Beats in the manga.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Iwasawa and Hisako in the manga.
* BondOneLiner: TK when fighting [[spoiler: the Shadows]].
** "I kiss you."
** "[[Music/BobDylan Knockin' on Heaven's Door]]"
* BreakTheCutie: It seems that any cutie out there has been/will be broken by the end of the series.
** Yuri had [[spoiler: her siblings killed in front of her by robbers when she was a kid. The worst part: it was Yuri's "fault" that they died because she couldn't find money in the house to give to the robbers. They probably would've killed them all regardless, but that doesn't really help Yuri's feelings of guilt.]]
** Iwasawa [[spoiler: had an abusive Dad and generally a broken household. She found her savior in music, but that was taken away from her when her Dad hit her causing her to lose her voice and ability to play first, then die.]]
** Angel has a lesser example but [[spoiler: her rank as Student Council President was taken away, the teachers and students have lost all respect for her, and her comfort food was taken away from her all because of the SSS's actions.]] It's also sad when you realize that [[spoiler: Angel is a human like the rest of SSS and was just trying to fulfill her duties as Student Council President. Her reputation and life in the afterlife are ruined because she was trying to play by the rules.]]
*** [[spoiler: Not that her past life as the IllGirl Kanade Tachibana was much better.]]
** What about Yui? [[spoiler:In her past life, she was completely paralyzed and unable to do the cool things she saw on TV, hence her boundless energy.]]
** Anyone who qualifies as a cutie in the SSS counts, given that [[spoiler: an unhappy life is a prerequisite to arrive in this afterlife]].
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 4 is rather lighthearted compared to the drama-filled episode 3. Episode 8 piles on the BlackComedy just before [[spoiler: episode 9 shows us how Otonashi actually died]].
** The OVA. [[LargeHam PREPARE THE HAM!]]
*** The OVA might qualify as a... Ham [[WhamEpisode Episode]]
* BringMyBrownPants: Never actually happens, but all through episode 8 Yui keeps saying she's going to wet herself out of nervousness or fear.
-->'''Hinata:''' Don't care.\\
'''Yui:''' Care, damn you!
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Shiina is a hypercompetent ninja. She is also very strange.
* ButtMonkey: Most of the SSS members take turns at the role, but Hinata by far is the most memorable.
* CallBack: In the manga, [[spoiler: Hisako reveals her regret when alive was being unable to prevent her band's lead singer from committing suicide]]. [[spoiler: Both Iwasawa and Yui disappear in episodes 3 and 10, respectively]].
** [[spoiler: When an NPC in the second computer room tells Yuri they have all the time in the world, Yuri tells the NPC that human beings won't even wait ten minutes.]]
* CallForward: In Episode 2, TK's butchered Japanese while holding up the DescendingCeiling could be a nod [[spoiler:to the next time they visit the Guild to retrieve Angel, and Otonashi attempts a CooldownHug]].
* CallingYourAttacks: Angel.
* CardiovascularLove: [[RoomFullOfCrazy An entire room covered with it.]]
* CatchPhrase
** Shiina: "How foolish."
*** "This is so stupid" in the English dub.
** Yuri: "Operation Start!" ([[{{Engrish}} "Oppo-ray-shun... Start-o!"]])
** Takeyama: "Call me Christ!"
** Yui: "What an idiot."
** TK: "Get chance and luck!"
** The entire SSS uses "He's/she's/we're/they're morons!" pretty consistently in the English dub. May be more of a RunningGag, though.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: Non-romantic example--Angel grabs Otonashi's shirt to prevent him from leaving an exam. (He ends up achieving the objective he had in mind by talking to her, anyway.)
* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[spoiler:"My Song"]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Kanade stabbing Otonashi in the 'heart' in Episode 1, combined with her hospitalisation in Episode 9.]] The relevance of these doesn't become clear until 5 minutes before the end of the final episode.
** Not to mention the [[spoiler:heartbeat monitor on the eyecatch.]]
*** And the [[spoiler:show's title itself!]]
** Also, the ShipTease between [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender Yui]] and [[ButtMonkey Hinata]] seems like a cute background RunningGag at first... but becomes very important when [[spoiler: his declaration of love causes her to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence disappear]]]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Angel]]'s eyes turn red when [[spoiler:she activates Harmonics and]] makes mincemeat of Monster Stream. Blink and you'll miss it. By the end of the episode, a red-eyed, hostile [[spoiler:Angel]] appears.
* CleanPrettyReliable: Mostly {{Averted}} though the part of the trope where [[spoiler:the person doing the CPR, in this case Otonashi, gives up before an ambulance can get to the scene]] is probably {{Justified|Trope}} [[spoiler:what with Otonashi himself suffering from the massive internal bleeding that would eventually kill him at the time. Combined with the fact that rescue crews wouldn't show up for several days yet.]]
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler: In episode 7, an alternate Tenshi appears due to Harmonics. But that Tenshi can clone itself, and so on and so forth.]]
* ClothingDamage: Death may be [[DeathIsCheap cheap]], but it'll still mess up your threads.
* ColourCodedCharacters: All {{NPC}}s have very dark brown or black hair. Naoi's hair is green. Hm...
* {{Combos}}: Noda in his first meeting with Otonashi, complete with hit counter.
* ComputerEqualsMonitor
* ContinuityNod: Episode 8, during the SSS's second trip to Guild, Noda [[spoiler:dies first]] again and [[spoiler:Otonashi and Yuri are the last two]] again.
** Hinata comments on how he and Yuri founded the SSS Battlefront, which is a nod to the manga/novels, given how it is not mentioned anywhere in the anime itself.
* ContrastMontage: [[spoiler: Three smiling children - ''[[ItsAllMyFault three kid-sized coffins]]'' - three smiling children - ''[[ItsAllMyFault three kid-sized coffins]]''...]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: Pretty much the only explanation how Otonashi so coincidentally picks up Angel's meal ticket.
* CooldownHug: [[spoiler:Otonashi]] attempts this with [[spoiler:Kanade, but fails]]. Earlier on, he succeeds with [[spoiler: Naoi]].
* CoolGun: The SSS actually uses real world firearms. [[spoiler: They are created using memories of their past life.]] You can see all the firearms featured in the series [[http://www.imfdb.org/index.php/Angel_Beats! HERE]].
** In the first episode, Yuri is first seen aiming a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CheyTac_Intervention [=CheyTac=] Intervention]] sniper rifle at Angel.
** Since he's a new recruit, Otonashi's primary weapon is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glock_pistol Glock 17]].
** Matsushita sometimes carries an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MG3 Rheinmetall MG3]] heavy machine gun.
** Yuri wields a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TDI_KRISS_Super_V TDI Vector]] SMG and an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4A1#M4A1 M4A1 CQB-R]] equipped with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_C-Mag Beta C-Mag]] in episode 12.
** Plus her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta_92 Beretta 92 INOX]] that is her standard sidearm.
** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Angel_Beats_-_12_-_Large_07_9686.jpg Ooyama's rifle]] is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_700 Remington 700]] lacking a bipod.
* CrazyPrepared: In episode 6 [[spoiler:Yuri hands Otonashi a Walkie-Talkie in the beginning of the episode figuring if things went to hell she could contact Otonashi, who would be near Angel, and get him to ask Angel for help. Guess how things went. Guess who Otonashi happened to be sitting next to.]]
* {{Crossdresser}}: If you consider the conformists' uniforms, you'll realize the SSS boys are wearing modified girls' uniforms (designed to ''not'' look like this trope).
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The entire SSS - the frequency of idiots in the group seems to be directly proportional to the amount of asskicking they're capable of.
* CurseCutShort: In the dub of Episode 1, Otonashi does this after he wakes up in a pool of his own blood, completely unharmed, for the second time that episode. He gets as far as "What the f..." before interrupting himself with another line of thought.
* CryCute: Ooyama
** [[spoiler: Yuri in Episode 12, after seeing her dead siblings comfort her.]]
** Despite being a boy, [[spoiler: Naoi]]'s tears in the final episode were very cute. And sad.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Naoi stomps the SSS by using [=NPC=]s as mooks and human shields, preventing them from being able to fight back effectively.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: This applies to many of the characters.
* CuteBruiser: Tiny little Yui pulls off a German Suplex on [[OneHeadTaller Otonashi]]... after several failed attempts.
* CuteLittleFangs: Yui.
* CutenessProximity: Shiina. Ahem, [[http://dft.ba/-shiina CUUUUUTTTTEEEEE]].
** Angel is described as having this weakness as well. In the OVA, she [[spoiler: abandons a Student Council meeting to question the SSS, who are causing a ruckus, and gets sidetracked by harvesting some "cute turnips"]].
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Each of the {{Action Girl}}s have one, combined with ZettaiRyouiki.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Every character more or less [[spoiler: because it is a prerequisite to enter the afterlife.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episode 10 mainly features Yui.
** And Iwasawa in Episode 3.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: See above.]] Not quite "death", but close enough.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: So far, both [[spoiler:Naoi]] and [[spoiler:Kanade]] have been [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriended]].
** In the prequel novel, we have Chaa, Noda (somewhat) and Shiina.
* DealWithTheDevil: In episode 12 [[spoiler:Yuri is offered the chance to be God and eternal life by the NPC in the secret computer lab. She promptly refuses and shoots up the place.]]
* DeathCourse: SSS's secret supply route is protected by one.
* '''DeathIsCheap''': [[spoiler:Unless you come to terms with your actual death that is. Then you disappear]].
* DeathAsComedy: Remember DeathIsCheap in ''Anime/AngelBeats''.
** This gets especially jarring in Episode 2, where after the rest of the SSS has been killed off in a various of manners played for laughs, [[spoiler:Yuri tells Otonashi about how her three siblings were killed by robbers, and this time no one's laughing.]]
* DeclarationOfProtection: Played straight when Hinata promised Yuri to protect her no matter what and does so in the light novel. Seemingly subverted in the beginning when Yuri tells him she's already dead.
* DeflectorShields: Angel has her own personal one capable of deflecting [[strike:bullets]]pretty much any kind of projectile, including grenades.
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: [[spoiler:Yurippe does this to the all members of the SSS in the OVA.]]
* DescendingCeiling: One of the traps on the way to Guild.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:The murder of Yuri's family, which is why she's fighting God in the first place. It's worth noting that the murders serve as a MoralEventHorizon for the perpetrators.]]
* DestinationDefenestration: Played for laughs in the very first episode. Twice. [[SubvertedTrope On the main cast.]]
* {{Determinator}}: The traps on the road to Guild, which took out all but two of the SSS, will only slow down Angel. [[spoiler: Taken UpToEleven when it's revealed that she's not any kind of divinely-powered superbeing, but an ordinary (if dead) high school girl]].
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: The entire point of the Afterlife world actually. People disapear [[spoiler:and seemingly reincarnate]] when they have accomplished all they couldn't do in their life and are finally at peace.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Yuri is caught by the shadows in episode 12 but unlike Takamatsu barely escapes with her soul.]]
** [[spoiler:Episode 13 reveals that Takamatsu was able to break free like Yuri did, eventually.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Happens to Otonashi in episode 2 while [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext climbing Yuri after they nearly fell down an area where the floor caved in on them]]]]. Hinata was not as lucky, but his was a noble sacrifice, as spoken by Yuri after he apparently grabbed a part of her he shouldn't have.
--> '''Yuri:''' Arh! Don't grab me there! *SLAP*
--> '''Hinata:''' ARRRRRHHH-YOU BIIIIIIIII-[[CurseCutShort *Cuts to next scene*]]
* DodgeThis: In episode 11.
-->'''TK:''' I kiss you. [[GunsAkimbo *hail of lead*]]
* DoingInTheWizard: Episode 3 implies that [[spoiler:there may be nothing divine or supernatural (at least compared to the SSS) about Angel at all. This is confirmed in episode 11, raising the issue of whether God really exists or not]].
* DrivenToMadness: Yuri's "penalties" are said to have this effect on people, though she denies haven ever given any that bad.
* DwindlingParty: Sort of, considering how [[spoiler:more and more characters disappear]].
** Played straight in episode 2 and 8, even though DeathIsCheap.
* DysfunctionJunction: ''Everyone'' here is messed up. No exceptions. [[spoiler: Though Otonashi's worst problem is just amnesia. Before his death is revealed, [[NothingIsScarier not knowing makes you really wonder what happened. ]] ]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: Yui can be seen in episode 1, trying to take pictures of Girls Dead Monster before their Operation Tornado performance. She is not named or introduced until episode 3.
* EasyLogistics: It turns out people in the afterlife can literally create any item they can think of out of dirt if they can remember it well enough. With this ability, SSS was able to create a massive underground factory to manufacture their weapons and ammunition.
** Hilariously subverted when they try to use a large cannon on Angel, only to have it explode on them because while they may have known what a cannon looks like, they didn't know the mechanics inside it to make it work properly.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Seems to be the entire point of the Afterlife.
* EatingLunchAlone: [[http://i42.tinypic.com/a48zk2.jpg A very tearjerking example]] thanks to [[spoiler: the mechanics of ascension in this afterlife]].
** Kind of subverted because it's just Otonashi's imagination of something that possibly happened to Angel.
** [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/667774/absurdres-angel_beats-ankle_lace-up-blazer-comic-c Fear not!]] For the magic of the internet shall ease your tears. (Link NSFW)
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Guild.
* EpiphanicPrison
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Naoi constantly seeks Otonashi's approval in an overly-friendly way and even Hinata has his fair share of moments where he seems interested in Otonashi especially early on.
* [[EverybodysDeadDave Everybody's Dead, Dave]]: This ''is'' the afterlife, after all.
* TheEveryman: Otonashi
** Not necessarily. After seeing [[spoiler: his backstory]], he becomes more or less the leader of the group, being logical, intelligent and strong-willed.
* EvilLaugh
-->'''Yusa:''' [[LampshadeHanging Yuri-san, you sound like a villain.]]
** It happens again in Episode 12. [[spoiler: Right before she denies becoming God that is a CMOA.]]
** Yet again in the DVD Bonus Episode. This time she even learns how to do it like a professional, by [[spoiler:mimicing [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch]]]], and seems very glad to be lampshaded by Yusa one more time.
* EvolvingCredits: As characters are replaced and removed through various circumstances, the OP and ED, both of which focus on showing off the characters, change accordingly.
** Also, when characters interact in the show in a noteworthy way, it also reflects the interaction. Examples include Yui strangling Hinata as per episode 4, and Takamatsu not wearing a shirt to show off his (surprising) 8-pack from episode 5.
** Some episodes don't even show the typical ending, replacing it with more footage.
*** The 2 special episodes feature a different "ToBeContinued" quote. [[spoiler: The OVA got "BAD END" (hence how every member of the SSS went through a week without water or food [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist and somewhat died]]) and Another Epilogue got "NEXT STAGE".]]
** PlayedForLaughs in the [[WorldOfHam OVA]], if you watched the OVA itself, that is.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler: Yuzuru Otonashi had PeekABangs. He soon realizes that his ill sister Hatsune had more life and hope than he did, and that she had a purpose. He cuts his hair and applies for medical school.]]
* {{Expy}}: Yuri has been called a "rip-off" of Haruhi Suzumiya by some pissed off fans of [[Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]], even though any resemblence between the two characters is ''entirely'' skin deep (though Yuri's initial appearance is at least bombastic enough to be on Haruhi's ''level.'') Some fan artist took note of this and [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/673173/angel_beats-banner-brown_eyes-brown_hair-crossover this piece of fan art]] was born. (WARNING: link to site is NSFW).
-->'''Comment on Picture:''' So Yuri finally gets to fight God.
** This serves as the driving force of a [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6149731/1/ crossover fanfiction between the two franchises.]]
** Takeyama looks exactly like [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} Jeff]]. Numerous other characters, such as Naoi, also have uncanny resemblances to those of other shows.
** Otonashi looks (and to some degree sounds) a lot like Light Yagami of ''Manga/DeathNote'', though the similarities between [[NiceGuy Otonashi]] and [[AxCrazy Light]] end there.
*** Actually, they have a little bit in common. Both are smart but disillusioned [[BrokenAce Broken Aces]] who try to do something good and wind up making things worse, in Otonashi's case with [[spoiler: his sister]] and in Light's case with his "[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans New World]]". Of course, Otonashi redeems himself. [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain Light...]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: PlayedForLaughs in the manga. Out of irritation, Yuri stabs Hinata's eyes out using chopsticks.]]
** [[spoiler: And for a more serious example, Shiina stabs one of Hinata's eyes out during their fight.]]
* {{Facepalm}}: Otonashi does this in episode 10.
* FateWorseThanDeath: SSS believes that if you conform to the rules you may get reincarnated as lowly creatures like barnacles.
** Also, Yuri's "punishment games". The only one we see, in the OVA, ends with [[spoiler: all of the SSS dead of dehydration]].
** And now getting [[spoiler:assimilated by a Shadow NPC and being turned into an [=NPC=]]], thereby being stuck in that world forever.
--->'''Hinata''': That's worse than death...
** To put it more in perspective, [[spoiler:the SSS believes that [=NPC=]s have no souls. Therefore, being turned into one by a Shadow means that it has devoured your soul!]]
* [[spoiler:TheFellowshipHasEnded: When Yuri defeats the Shadows and most of the Battlefront has ascended, the remaining members hold a graduation ceremony before passing on themselves.]]
* FemaleGaze: The SSS are quite {{Bishonen}}, but it's the [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]] that seals the deal.
* FieryRedhead: Yui can act out if she is pushed enough. See GenkiGirl below.
* FinaleCredits: Normally, the credits sequence shows Yuri slowly being surrounded by the various members of the SSS. At the end of Episode 13, [[spoiler:the sequence ''starts'' with all the characters present, and they start to disappear one by one, until only the five characters that were in Episode 13 remain. Then they, too, disappear, in the same order they vanished in the episode, with Otonashi going last.]]
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: Otonashi, several times.
* FirstNameBasis: [[spoiler: Between Otonashi and Kanade, starting in episode 7.]]

* FlowerMotifs: [[spoiler:Angel's Hand Sonic version 4]] is a lotus flower, a traditional Buddhist symbol for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva bodhisattva]] - [[FridgeBrilliance enlightened ones who forgo ascension to help others do the same]].
* FondMemoriesThatCouldHaveBeen: [[spoiler:After Hinata says he would have married Yui despite her paralysis, we see images of them meeting in their previous lives and falling in love. Yui disappears shortly after, having found peace]].
** There's also at least one theory that [[spoiler: TheStinger is not a DistantFinale but Otonashi's desperate imaginings of a world where he knew Kanade while alive]]. Most find it too depressing to consider.
* FriendlyEnemy: As long as SSS doesn't cause any havoc in the school, Angel will not treat them as an enemy but rather as ordinary fellow students.
* FromACertainPointOfView: [[WomanInWhite Angels]]? [[LightIsNotGood Horrible, vile things]].
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler: After Angel resigns from her position, the acting student council president takes a much more hardline stance against SSS.]]
* GenkiGirl: Yui.
* GenreSavvy: EVERYONE. To the extent that can be called [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy dangerous]]. Some battles are won or lost depending on who is more genre savvy. This even affects the plot: the movie is an action anime, until everyone realizes that they star in a drama.
* GilliganCut: In episode 2, Fujimaki tells Otonashi that he will be the next to get (temporarily) killed by an anti-Angel trap. Cut to Fujimaki showing off his SuperDrowningSkills in a water trap while Yuri, Shiina, and Otonashi escape unharmed.
* GirlsWithGuns
* [[spoiler: GodIsGood:]] Heavily implied by TheReveal at the end of the anime about the nature of the school. [[spoiler: While the SSS fight in the hopes of defeating the unreasonable God responsible for not doing anything about their suffering in life, it's revealed that ''the school'' is how whatever higher being that's in charge dealt with their suffering. It's meant to be a second chance in which those who arrive there can live a normal, satisfying school life. They disappear only once they've become satisfied and fulfilled the dreams that they couldn't in life.]] Also, [[spoiler: TheStinger at the end of the anime seems to confirm that people who pass on in the school actually get resurrected or reincarnated.]]
* GoodIsDumb:
-->'''Yuri''': That's right. Our main weakness is that we're stupid.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Several of the more potentially gruesome deaths in episode 2 aren't fully shown onscreen.
** VomitDiscretionShot: Ooyama can't hold his stomach after seeing Matsushita get minced by the LaserHallway.
* GratuitousEnglish: "Angel Beats", "Girls Dead Monster", "Guard Skill", ''everything'' out of TK's mouth (despite having a native English speaker for a voice actor)...
** Most of TK's lines are actually [[ShoutOut lyrics from songs]], actually. Which also explains why he's dancing all the way through. But...
-->'''Yuri''': I sent Takeyama-kun to Angel Area, along with someone who can translate the manual [from English].
-->'''Otonashi''': Where are TK and Matsushita?
-->'''Yuri''': Both of them are watching over the infirmary.
-->'''Hinata''': So, TK was useless at English at the end...
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Played for drama. Poor [[spoiler:Iwasawa]]...
* GrowingWings: After Otonashi suggests it, Kanade gives herself angel wings.
* GunsAkimbo: TK and Naoi in episode 11, Yuri in Episode 12.
* GunsAreWorthless: Against Tenshi's Distortion shield. Lampshaded.
-->'''Matsushita:''' Dammit! This is why guns are useless!
* HesDeadJim: [[spoiler: In episode 3, Iwasawa comes to terms with her past, disappears, and leaves her guitar behind. She's also omitted from the end credits of that episode.]]
* HealingFactor: While immortal, everybody can still be seriously hurt. If they are injured or die, they will eventually heal and revive regardless of how much damage their bodies have taken. The OVA shows that they will even revive after dying of starvation or dehydration.
** They do still feel pain, so this provides an incentive to stay out of harm's way.
* TheHeartless: The Shadow [=NPC=]s.
* HeavySleeper: Angel sleeps through [[spoiler: a kidnapping, an earthshaking battle and a surprisingly loud conversation between Otonashi and Yuri]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Angel spends a few episodes with the SSS after being disgraced as student council president by the group in episode 5 and then gets her position back (courtesy of Otonashi) in episode 9, pretending to be her old self. Eventually she rejoins the group ''again'' and befriends Yuri.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Naoi, to an extent.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Shiina in response to her CutenessProximity weakness, as well as the thought of a newbie (Otonashi) outlasting her in Guild's DeathCourse.
* HeroicSacrifice: Played with, since nobody actually stays dead.
-->'''Yuri''': "TK's sacrifice will be-"\\
'''Otonashi''': "You guys sacrificed him."
** Played straight in episode 9, where [[spoiler:Otonashi ignores his own injuries to help the other train crash survivors, and spends his final moments filling out a donor card]].
* HiddenEyes: TK's are always obscured by his wide bandana.
* HighSchool: Although it's technically in...y'know, purgatory.
* HollywoodEncryption: Angel's personal computer is secured with "128-bit DES" which is hacked through without any trouble. While DES is an encryption standard infamous for being insecure, that's because of how short its key is. A version of DES that had an 128-bit key would be impossible to break with any conceivable technology. Certainly not in a few minutes with a laptop.
* HopelessWar: SSS and Angel will probably be fighting each other forever since neither side can truly die.
* HotBlooded: Noda, personality-wise. Now if only he could get his hands on a [[HumongousMecha mecha]].
* HowWeGotHere: The manga starts out with the framing of Hinata explaining to Otonashi how he met Yuri and how the SSS got founded.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: [[spoiler: Otonashi and Kanade.]] Very much obvious when he hugs her in the last episode. Turns out she's so small because [[spoiler: her heart condition inhibited her growth. She's still about the same age as the rest of the cast.]]
* IdiotHair: Yui. Ironically it is Yui who often calls others an idiot.
* IdentityAmnesia: A common side effect for those that had brain trauma as part of their death.
* IHaveTheHighGround: [[spoiler:Red Angel.]]
* IndyEscape: One of the Guild's anti-Angel traps is a giant rolling boulder of doom.
-->'''TK:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fuckin' crazy!]]
* InMediasRes: The anime series starts off when the SSS is already established. The newly released manga series starts off from the very beginning, even before the creation of the SSS.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Shiina
* ImagineSpot: Otonashi. Whenever a new operation is introduced, he think it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ImmortalityHurts: The characters can regenerate from anything, and some of the deaths are quite painful.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Slapstickly so. Nobody gives a second thought about even the most gruesome of deaths in the Afterlife, secure in the knowledge that the deceased would simply return a while later perfectly fine.
* ImpairmentShot: Done in the third episode to illustrate [[spoiler:the effects of Iwasawa's stroke.]]
* IronicEcho: In episode 2, Otonashi starts to feel a little uncomfortable with Hinata's rather chummy nature and asks if he's gay or not, which Hinata angrily denies. In episode six, [[spoiler: Otonashi runs over to Hinata, who's severely injured. He makes a note of the fact that he ran to him first, and asks the same question as Otonashi did four episodes back.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:Yuri blames herself for not being able to save her siblings. Needless to say, nobody else does.]]
** And perhaps to a lesser extent - [[spoiler:Hinata for failing a decisive catch.]]
** [[spoiler:Yuri]] again after [[spoiler:accidentally sending Kanade into a coma by dumping 100 aggressively violent copies of herself into her mind.]]
** [[spoiler: Otonashi after his sister's death. Difference is, it actually ''is'' his fault, even though he had good intentions at the time.]]
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: This happens to Yuri's siblings after she fails to find anything valuable for the crooks who broke into her house.
* KnifeNut: Angel's primary weapons are blades that extend from her forearms. Yuri shows that she's also very skilled at knife fighting.
* LargeHam: [[spoiler: [[NoIndoorVoice Everyone]] in the OVA]] It MakesSenseInContext...
* LaserHallway: One of the anti-Angel traps.
* LastMinuteHookup: Some fans think this way of the [[spoiler:suddenly surfacing romantic feelings between Kanade and Otonashi]].
* LetsGetDangerous: In Episode 12, [[spoiler:the entire SSS gets to be awesome fighting the Shadows. Even Ooyama does something impressive!]]
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Both the traditional music-fading-out and the music-stopping-abruptly variety. PlayedForLaughs.
* ALighterShadeOfGray: [[spoiler:The SSS went from a band of [[LaResistance rebels]] trying to take down the God that destroyed their lives to a group of self-centered teenagers blindly lashing out at the world in about three episodes.]]
** They were lashing out at the world from the beginning.
* LiteralChangeOfHeart: One of the heroic examples: [[spoiler: Otonashi donates his heart to Tenshi after dying]].
* LiteralMinded: Otonashi
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: SSS has a ''lot'' of members. See the [[Characters/AngelBeats character page]] for details.
* LockedInAFreezer: Episode 9.
* LotusEaterMachine: Episode 12, [[spoiler:Yuri imagines life as an ordinary student while the Shadow consumes her. Luckily, she breaks out of it and is saved in the nick of time.]]
* LoudOfWar: Guard Skill - Howling.
* LoveConfession: Yuri's plan for Ooyama during the exams. Angel tells him to name a time and a place, which effectively stuns him until the teacher tells him to sit down.
** And in the end [[spoiler:Otonashi and Kanade confess their love for each other]].
* LyricalColdOpen: "Brave Song," the ending theme, unless it's the album version.
* MarshmallowHell: Episode 2, Otonashi [[spoiler:climbs Yuri when they all fell down the trap. He has to grab on, he ends up hugging her, and gets some in his face. He even comments on how she smells good.]]
* MasochistsMeal: Mapo Tofu, to the point that the only one who can eat it is [[spoiler:Kanade]].
* MeaningfulName: Aside from a few of the characters, [[spoiler:the series itself]]. To elaborate, the finale revealed two key things: [[spoiler:Kanade's regret tying her to the Purgatory-world was that she never got to thank Otonashi for his heart, which kept her alive.]]
** [[spoiler:Otonashi means "no sound", Yuzuru means "to string" an instrument, and "Kanade" could be read as "playing" an instrument. His little sister Hatsune's name also means "First sound". It could be said that Otonashi was an instrument that was properly strung, but could never play any sound, but Kanade finally played it.]]
*** [[spoiler:[[LittlestCancerPatient Tugging on a]] [[HurricaneOfPuns heart string]], eh?]]
** [[spoiler: Another piece of symbolism to 'Otonashi' is simply that, lacking a heart in the literal sense, Otonashi has no heartbeat]].
* {{Megane}}: Takeyama, while Takamatsu is more [[StoicSpectacles standoffish]]. See StoicSpectacles below.
* MindControlEyes: Sported by the [=NPC=]s Naoi hypnotized into fighting for him.
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Naoi attempts to use his hypnosis ability to implant fake happy memories into Yuri's mind so that she can disappear. Unfortunately for Naoi, things don't exactly go as planned]].
** Done to Hinata in Episode 7 [[spoiler:when Naoi hypnotizes him to think he's worse than a clothespin]]. Surprisingly, HilarityEnsues.
** Naoi attempts to do so again to Hinata in Episode 11, except this time [[spoiler:to make him think that he is ''toilet paper'']]. Fortunately, Otonashi stops him.
* MissionControl: Lots of SSS members work away from the front lines or behind the scenes, most notably Yusa, who gathers intel for the team. Yuri does this from time to time as well.
* MistakenForGay:
** Hinata, to the point of it being a [[RunningGag running gag]].
** He brings it upon himself, really.
** He reverses this on Otonashi in Episode 6 when [[spoiler: they were getting massacred by the Student Council.]]
** Naoi, to the point where Otonashi doesn't even [[MelodramaticPause comment on anything Naoi says.]]
* MonsterSobStory: [[spoiler: Naoi, most noticeably in episode 6.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Often during a single scene. This show is notable for being one of the shows for which one can easily find themselves both [[CrowningMomentOfFunny laughing so hard they cry]], [[TearJerker and then genuinely crying]], in short succession.
* MoreDakka: Not that they work against [[ImmuneToBullets Angel]]...
* MouthfulOfPi: Call him [[RunningGag Christ]].
** Played straight to the point of it affecting one of the listeners physically.
--->'''Ooyama:''' Stop, stop! That guy's an idiot!
* MultipleEndings: [[spoiler: After the credits of the final episode, reincarnated Otonashi and Kanade are shown meeting when Otonashi hears Kanade humming Iwasawa's "My Song." A short segment entitled "Another Epilogue" replaces this scene with one depicting Otonashi still in the afterlife helping another soul discover how to move on.]] Strictly speaking, they aren't mutually exclusive.
* MundaneAfterlife: Subverted thanks to the SSS's insistent tries to wreak havoc and prevent their own disappearance.
* MusicalThemeNaming: Most of Angel's abilities, such as Harmonics and (Hand) Sonic. Also, Distortion, Overdrive, and Delay are various guitar effects.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In Episode 8, during everyone's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice to stop an Angel clone]], Naoi is sadly unnoticed (Yui doesn't even know his name).
** Naoi later uses an inversion as a RunningGag:
-->'''Naoi''': "You're all imbeciles. [[HoYay With the exception of Otonashi-san]], of course."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A minor version when Otonashi realizes that preventing Hinata from catching the baseball probably wasn't a good idea.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: TK, [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish when speaking Japanese.]]
** When he was holding up the falling block in Episode 2, he was actually singing lyrics to a song. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFn1kAUY9cU The video]] replaces his lines with the actual song.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The next episode previews just consist of a white screen with random lines from the next episode flying by. The lines are quite out of context so deducting any clues about the plot of the next episode from this is next to impossible.
** On top of that, every Monday the online preview adds short, half-second clips from the next episode. This can answer some questions, but often raises many more.
*** Seems like that Maeda was [[Series/{{Lost}} channeling Abrams]] in some cases.
* NiceHat: Yuri wears one while issuing commands at headquarters. Naoi has a nice one too, as part of his uniform, and Angel wore one in episode 7 in the garden.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:They manage to oust Angel from her positions as student council president, which allows a person who's ''infinitely worse'' to take the position]].
* NoblewomansLaugh: Yuri does it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aduSGRn_sG0&feature=related at least]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff5coI6PqM0&feature=related twice in the anime]]. Complete with hand near mouth. The other person talking to her over the walkie even [[LampshadeHanging asks if she's the villain for doing such a laugh.]]
* NoFourthWall: The drama [=CDs=]. The characters' commentaries in the second disc point out all the incontinuities in the "NG" takes.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In his spare time, Naoi beats up [=NPC=]s in order to stay in this world.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Averted; death presents no objective risk, so nobody really sweats it. Except Yuri, who's alternately frustrated at the moronic ways her subordinates kill themselves, and at her own inability to keep them from dying.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Played with. The SSS aren't the only humans in this world. Well below the surface of the school is the Guild- hundreds of other people who happened to live their lives as common workers, but still died with the same requirements as everyone else. They're the ones who provide weapons to the SSS, being able to make them out of dirt if need be. The catch is that they can only make something that they know how to create when they were alive. They say that it's a bad idea for any of them to be killed in that world, as they risk losing knowledge of how to create those devices when they come back.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: Otanashi's [[spoiler: little sister was terminally ill. She wished to see the city on Christmas Eve, but the doctors wouldn't let her leave the hospital, especially considering that it was snowing outside. Otanashi decides to sneak her out himself in order to grant her her wish... and just like the doctors warned, she dies very soon, and almost certainly would have lived (even a little) longer if it wasn't for that foolish trip. Otanashi tries to convince himself that it was the right thing to do, since she died happy, but even he doesn't really believe that.]]
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In the manga, Hisako trips and falls on Iwasawa while naked. Angel walks in on them, pauses, then:
-->'''Angel:''' It's already time for bed, so please finish in the morning.
-->'''Hisako:''' Finish ''what?!''
* {{NPC}}: The majority of Non-SSS students are explicitly considered to be these, but not all, as it [[spoiler: seems like [[DesignatedVillain Angel]] and [[StudentCouncilPresident Ayato Naoi]] aren't despite not being SSS-members. At least, until they joined the SSS.]]
* OffhandBackhand: Otonashi and Matsushita pull this off in Episode 12, Otonashi with his Glock and Matsushita with his actual hand.
* OhCrap: Otonashi's face when he discovers that [[spoiler:the train tunnel is blocked on both ends and there's no signal.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Episode 6 [[spoiler:features the SSS getting their internal organs handed to them in an epic CurbStompBattle at Naoi's hands... while we see Otonashi and Angel trying to bust down a door. Naoi only has a couple of {{Mooks}} left by the time they show up, so feel free to pretend [[MemeticBadass TK beat the crap out of the rest of them]].]]
** [[spoiler:Possibly Yuri's battle with the "other" angel. thankfully remedied in the next episode.]]
** [[spoiler:The original Angel battling the 100 evil Angels after they all merged into her consciousness. Angel even describes the battle as epic.]]
* OminousMultipleScreens: Although they end up [[spoiler: covered in hearts]]...
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: No one seems to know what Angel's real name is. (Except, one of them actually does.) She stops getting called Angel later, though.
** TK. He's basically a gag character with his random english/stoner accent, and he [[spoiler:vanishes with the rest of the SSS in episode 12 without us learning his real name.]]
* OntologicalMystery
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The {{Ninja}} (who is TheQuietOne) says something in the 10th episode. Everyone is shocked by this.
** No one bats an eye when she speaks again a few episodes later. By that point, things [[FromBadToWorse have gotten much worse]], though.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Takes on a ''whole'' new meaning in this series. The "ordinary students" are the {{NPC}}s of the school. They have no souls, acting as model students under Angel and God. The SSS are acting against Angel and God, souls intact and rebelling against what had been dealt them in their former lives. This situation is highlighted by the different uniforms between the two factions of students.
* PeekABangs: [[spoiler: Otonashi, before his sister died.]]
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: Noda does this... during a baseball game. To his own teammate, no less.
* PlotArmor: Episode two, Otonashi.
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:Kanade and the entire reason the SSS are in Purgatory. [[UpToEleven We're talking so bad that a war broke out because she was bad at getting her point across]], and since nobody truly dies due to physical injuries, this war has lasted a ''long'' time.]]
* [[ThePowerOfRock The Power Of A Ballad]]: Stopped the teachers intent on shutting down the concert in their tracks.
** This is most likely what [[MemeticBadass TK runs on.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:In this case, it breaks the system - anyone who fell in love in the afterlife might stay there forever, never accepting the need to move on and thus never reincarnating.]]
* PowersAsPrograms: [[spoiler:When the SSS break into Tenshi's room, they discover that she's been modeling her powers on her computer, using the software [=AngelPlayer=]. Yuri later finds a ''manual'' for it. '''''[[AllThereInTheManual There is a manual for warping reality]]'''''. Too bad it's [[LostInTranslation in English]].]]
* PrecisionFStrike: TK: "[[Music/GunsNRoses Fuckin' crazy!]]"
* ProductPlacement: Key Coffee is most likely a ShoutOut to KeyVisualArts (bearing their logo and all), but it is still suspect since it's also a [[http://www.keycoffee.co.jp real life Japanese brand of coffee]].
** Iwasawa plays a Fender Stratocaster, Hisako plays a Fender Jazzmaster, Yui has a Gibson SG, and Sekine plays a G&L bass.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: [[spoiler: Angel's Hand Sonic version 3]]
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Takamatsu. Yuri points out in the first episode 'Even though he's adjusting his glasses to look smart, he's still an idiot.'
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler: Subverted. The characters ''wish'' they could RageAgainstTheHeavens, but they can't seem to find any. Their efforts only end up hurting themselves.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Hinata and Otonashi's baseball team in episode 4.
** Pretty much all the SSS.
--->'''Naoi:''' You're all idiots. [[HoYay Except Otonashi of course!]]
*** The anime tends to play hopscotch with the line between {{Subversion}} and DoubleSubversion on this one.
* RareGuns: The Desert Eagle, the PP-19 Bizon-2, the TDI Vector, the H&K PSG-1, the M-200 Intervention... and yet they can't contruct a simple cannon which is essentially a closed metal tube.
* RecurringLocation: Guild appears in Episodes 2 and 8.
** [[RuleOfThree We're going back for Episode 12!]]
*** Sort of [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Yuri, complaining that it's "Guild AGAIN?"
* RedemptionDemotion: [[spoiler:Naoi]] goes from credible villain to yet another comic relief character when he makes his HeelFaceTurn. This is largely because his main power of [[spoiler:hypnosis]] is pretty morally dubious, so he can't use it after his [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turn]]
** He's still scarily competent, to the extent that he's effectively Yuri's second-in-command.
* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Redemption Equals Disappearance]]: [[spoiler:Yuri in episode 13.]]
** This is the entire purpose of the afterlife, as well.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When Naoi activates his hypnosis.
** [[spoiler:The evil Tenshi clones, too.]]
* ReincarnationRomance: [[spoiler:Implied between Otonashi and Kanade]]
* ReplacementSibling: [[spoiler:Naoi]]
* ResurrectiveImmortality: In one of very few comedic uses of this trope, the main characters often suffer horribly ignominious (and often hilarious) deaths, only to return to life a few minutes later whole, hale, and cracking wise.
* ReverseGrip: How Noda swings his baseball bat. He hits a home run with it, too.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: At the beginning of the first episode, Otonashi demands that Angel prove he can't die. So she stabs him in the chest.
-->'''Yuri:''' To be fair, you were kinda asking for it.
* RiddleForTheAges: It's never made clear whether [[spoiler:God exists or not.]]
** We also never learn how Yurippe died. She denies having commited suicide, at least.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Iwasawa and Hisako in the manga, very much.
-->'''Yuri:''' Could you two stop flirting already?!
* RousseauWasRight: After episode 9, were it not for the PoorCommunicationKills, the war should never have happened in the first place. See entry above.
* RustProofBlood: After Otonashi wakes up in the nurse's office after being offed for the second time so far, his shirt is still sopping wet.
* SayMyName: Episode 8, whenever someone in the SSS [[spoiler:pulls a HeroicSacrifice to stop an Angel clone]], the rest of the SSS have a SayMyName shot for the character in question. Lampshaded, no less:
-->'''Everyone:''' TK!\\
'''Hinata:''' What's with this last-chapter-of-a-shonen-manga scenario?!
** Lampshaded hilariously during [[spoiler: Naoi]]'s turn, right after he [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog hypnotizes Ooyama into thinking he's a clown and sending him to get stabbed by a Red Angel]]]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Naoi]]:''' *gets stabbed*\\
'''*Dead Silence*'''\\
'''Hinata:''' Someone say something.\\
'''Yui:''' I don't know his name...
* SceneryPorn: The Christmas lights on the trees - then the main Christmas tree itself - on the main street where Otonashi lived in his former life. [[spoiler: He snuck out his younger sister from the hospital so they could see them together.]]
* ShooOutTheClowns: The Shadows appear ''immediately'' after [[spoiler: Yui disappears.]]
* ShoutOut: Episode 3 references two of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films, with Otonashi trying to imagine what Angel's base looks like by showing (mosaic-censored) images of the titular structures from both ''[[CastleInTheSky Laputa: Castle In The Sky]]'' and ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''.
** The school vending machines, aside from a full line of BlandNameProduct drinks, also carry Key Coffee, bearing the studio logo.
** TK seems to love referencing popular media, from two lines of song lyrics to:
--->'''TK:''' [[spoiler: [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} I'll be back.]]]]
*** Also this one as mention in Episode 8.
--->'''TK:''' [[spoiler: Hey yo! Check this out! [[MichaelJackson It's a moonwalk, a moonwalk]]]], headspin!
** The title of the eighth episode is "Film/DancerInTheDark".
** In episode 10, Yui is seen to own plush toys of [[VisualNovel/{{Air}} a brontosaurus, a small white dog]], and [[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} a baby boar]]. All from other Key titles respectively.
** Episode 10's title "Goodbye Days" relates to Jpop artist YUI's song of the same name. It's sung in her movie, Taiyou no Uta, with similar implications to Angel Beats Yui's past. [[spoiler: Both characters had an illness which contributed to their death, not living the life they wanted to.]] Can you guess who disappeared this episode?
** Episode 12 has the title, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, shouted out by TK. Even the other characters recognise it as a reference to Bob Dylan.
*** The ending of episode 12 has been compared numerous times to [[spoiler:''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'']].
** In Episode 3, TK says "Get chance and luck!", which is a line from one of the ending themes to CityHunter.
** The BaseballEpisode contains a lot of them to VisualNovel/LittleBusters, ranging from obvious ones, like Yuri's ActorAllusion EvilLaugh, to not so obvious ones, like how Hinata missing the baseball went exactly like how Haruka randomly missed a catch in practice.
** In episode 7, the monster that Otonashi imagines when hearing 'Operation: Monster Stream' is a large, red, dragon-like monster, with a striking resemblance to a [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Rathalos]]
** In episode 14 (or 4.5) the end of the episode with it's trademark "Next time" it says "BAD END" insted.
*** Also in episode 13.5 (Another Epilogue) it says "NEXT STAGE" which might leave the series open for a second season.
** The song ''Highest Life'', which was done when Yui took over as lead singer, has a line about how she likes to do [[Music/EricClapton Clapton's]] guitar riffs from his {{Cream}} days [[note]]with a particular fondness for the song Crossroads[[/note]] on nights when she can't sleep.
* ShownTheirWork: All of the guns in the series are accurately modeled after their real-world counterparts.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler: Hinata and Yui. Although they don't actually kiss, Hinata does promise to marry her in the next life.]]
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Hinata (male) and Yui (female) regularly wrestle each other and its not that Yui always wins either. Also, among other things Yui somehow managed to [[spoiler:hang herself with a microphone cable and it's hilarious to see.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: This show loves to abuse its ending song.
* SmellsSexy: Yuri, according to Otonashi.
* SpamAttack: In episode 1, Noda executes a 100-hit combo because Otonashi refused Yuri's invitation to the SSS, utterly KO'ing Otonashi.
* SpecialEditionTitle: Episode four has the [[ThemeTuneCameo opening sung by Yui]], integrating it directly into the show. There are some CreditsBrandProducts and different visuals, and the visuals that ''are'' retained have a very different aesthetic.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Played heartlessly straight with [[spoiler:all of the Red Angels merging back into Kanade.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Red Angel:]]''' [[spoiler:That many of us ruthless clones are going to return? Even as clones, we have our own consciousness. Those won't disappear. They'll be incorporated into her. The spirits of all the clones you attacked will return to her. When she takes in all those at once...she'll pay for it.]]
* SpoilerOpening: The anime has a clip of the current episode in its opening sequence - excepting, of course, the episodes that skip the credits.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: After the credits, Otonashi and Kanade are shown to meet up again in their next lives.]]
* StoicSpectacles: Takamatsu.
* StormingTheCastle: Subverted. In episode 3, SSS decides to stage a raid on Angel's hideout, only for Otonashi to find out that [[spoiler:it's her ''dorm room'']].
* AStormIsComing: The appearance of Monster Stream.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Angel.
* SuplexFinisher: Becomes the basis of an entire episode where [[spoiler:Yui mentions that performing one of these was one of her life's wishes when she was alive, but could never do it. So to fulfill that wish, Otonashi trains her in how to do it right so she can perform it on him. She succeeds!]]
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Michael Rivas, a Japanese-born, but raised in Hawaii, singer and voice actor, does the voice of TK. His pronunciation is perfect, but most of his dialogue still makes no sense because they're all out-of-context song lyrics or quotes from movies.
--->'''TK:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fuckin' crazy!]]
* SurvivorGuilt: The source of Yuri's issues.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Angel's 5 versions of Hand Sonic.
* TapOnTheHead: This trope is a lot more dangerous and a lot more lethal than we think, [[spoiler:just as Iwasawa found out]].
* TeleporterAccident: Apparently [[spoiler:Angel]] did this by accident when [[spoiler:she activated Harmonics]] to save the SSS from Monster Stream.
* TitleDrop: Episode 12. By [[MemeticBadass TK.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Yuri is like this for Hinata in the manga and light novel, which is the basis for much of the ShipTease.
** Though to a far lesser extent, she's kinda like this to Hinata in the anime too since she picks on him more than anyone else. Without reading the manga/light novel though, most would just disregard it as him being the ButtMonkey (which he kinda is).
* ToBeContinued: Happens at the end of every episode to show some of the dialogue for the next episode.
** Deconstructed and Parodied in episode 14/4.5 [[spoiler: where it ends with "BAD END" insted of "Next time".]] This may be a reference to Key's visual novels.
*** It's implied that with episode 13.5[[spoiler:/Another Epilogue where it says "NEXT STAGE", that it the series might continue and get a 2nd season.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: After joining the SSS, Naoi continues to harass everyone (usually [[ButtMonkey Hinata]]) with his hypnosis, as well as constantly insulting the rest of the group ([[HoYay except Otonashi!]])
* {{Tomboy}}: Yui, according to Yuri. After Yui [[spoiler: accidentally chokes herself to death with microphone wiring while auditioning for lead singer in Girls De Mo]] Yuri comments:
-->'''Yuri:''' [Yui] is one hell of a {{tomboy}}. The complete opposite of the cool beauty aura that Iwasawa had.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Matsushita 5th Dan]] in Episode 12. Granted, he was already {{Badass}}...
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Angel and mapo tofu, Matsushita and meat udon, Oyama and potato chips.
* TrueCompanions: In the manga, [[spoiler: Hinata decides to stick with Yuri to fight against God even though she just kicked him off the rooftops]]. More generally, the SSS themselves.
* TwinSwitch: Taken to the cruelest lengths possible with [[spoiler:Naoi and his dead brother]].
* TwistedChristmas: [[spoiler:Otonashi's sister]] probably died on Christmas Eve.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: Matsushita during the baseball game.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Noda brings his halberd to the baseball games, and even uses it while fielding, but the student council's only concern is that his team entered the tournament illegally.
** Due to the [=NPC=]s being the way they are, this gets taken to another entire level in episode 6. We have a student spring up every minute to use the restroom, a snack-eater, someone who's sleeping across the tables, and a full-blown mahjong game being played out in the back. What does the teacher do? "Please quiet down."
** Also, they don't seem to notice the fact that they carry around ''working firearms'' on campus.
*** Yuri even holds one of the teachers at gunpoint. She has what turns out to be a fairly neutral conversation with him, all the while still pointing the gun at him. He never notices.
* VillainProtagonist: Played for laughs in the OVA, where Yusa points out that Yuri is the most fearsome villain of this world after all. [[spoiler:Ironically, ''it's actually kind of the case''. It turns out the SSS's "battle against God" was a fool's errand all along.]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: While [[spoiler: Iwasawa]] was the most obvious example [[spoiler: due to vanishing by the third episode]], most of the rest of the SSS fall into this trope. For some reason, they introduce characters in the opening and episode 1. But by the time the series ends, you only get to know about half of the main cast, and they throw some more characters in later that get much more development. Characters like Shiina, Ooyama and Noda don't even get a backstory (and only bare-bones characterization), while [[spoiler: both Yui and Naoi]] get much more screentime and development, even though they're introduced much later. The reason for this is most likely that the show was originally planned for 26 episodes but was then cut down to 13.
** The manga thankfully gives much more development to them, including rarely appearing characters like Yusa or Chaa.
* WeNeedADistraction: The SSS has an entire band dedicated to this. That's a literal band, mind you--they distract the student body with a concert. [[spoiler:It's a bummer they keep losing their lead singer, though]].
** And in episode 5, if you can't come up with one, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fORH60LtOt4 then be prepared to be launched into the roof, complete with slo-mo replay and singing]].
*** Sometimes [[ButtMonkey more than once]].
*** Or throw your dignity away by confessing love.
* WeirdnessCensor: The teachers and [=NPC=]s suffer from a severe case of this. They only pay attention to what's directly in front of them, and they consider it to be normal. SSS even tests the limits of this trope in episode 6.
** No WeirdnessCensor can save the helpless eyes of [=NPC=]s from [[RunningGag Team]] [[ExplosionPropulsion Rocket]].
** Though we get to see what the [=NPC=]s view the SSS's guns as in Episode 11. [[spoiler:Apparently, they are seen as toys.]]
* WelcomeEpisode: As soon as Otonashi opens his eyes in Episode 1, Yuri invites him to the SSS.
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler: Naoi]]
* WhamEpisode: Episode 5 where [[spoiler:The SSS's operation turns out to be very very successful, reversing the entire power balance between them and Angel.]]
** And then, in the same episode [[spoiler:The new student council president decides to take a more active role in stopping the SSS.]]
** And Episode 9 is the whammest of them all.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Otonashi, when he's assisting the train crash survivors. Also, [[spoiler:when Angel wakes up and is still normal, she and Otonashi decide to hide this fact so they can help SSS eliminate their regrets]].
* WorldOfHam: Not 100% of the time, but still. Get enough SSS members together in the same place and ham is sure to result.
** Noda is perhaps the most [[LargeHam dependable source]], with Shiina and Yuri also making strong showings.
** To be precise, the OVA is an [[UpToEleven Apocalypse of Ham]] [[HamToHamCombat where the characters try to out-ham each other]] with [[strike: Ham]] '''Tension''' Meter included. [[spoiler: Shiina wins]], and then [[spoiler: everyone but Yuri loses]].
* VariationsOnAThemeSong: In Yui's introductory episode, the theme song is replaced by a rock version of the normally upbeat pop tune.
* WouldHitAGirl: Hinata
* YouAreNumberSix: The manga reveals that [[spoiler:Shiina is a pseudonym; it stands for C-7 (shii-na).]]
* YouAreTooLate: While they're not storming a BigBad's fortress, this trope is in play in episode 9 while Otonashi is stuck in the subway tunnel. He tried his best to keep as many people alive as possible, [[spoiler: then dies moments before a rescue crew finally manages to break into the tunnel to rescue the trapped people.]]
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Because you're dead! [[spoiler: Arguably subverted in the epilogue where Kanade and Otonashi are reincarnated and presumably themselves.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It's probably easier to list the characters who don't have a hair color that makes you doubt your display settings.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: [[spoiler:In order to rid the SSS members of their regrets, Otonashi and Angel agree to have Angel become the student council president again and act as she did before she befriended SSS so that they have a common enemy to fight]].
* ZeroesAndOnes: [[spoiler:When Angel's clones are reabsorbed, they dissolve into this.]]
** If you look closely, the flashes of light around Angel's powers are all zeros and ones.
** Also, the [[spoiler:shadows]] in episode 11 are made of these in a MatrixRainingCode sort of way.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Yuri.
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