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-->''"Some day, Layla, the whole world will come to see the performances of that little girl. I assure you."''
-->-- '''Kalos Eidos'''

The last clear memory that young [[GenkiGirl Sora Naegino]] has of her deceased parents is the time they took her to an extraordinary circus called the Kaleido Stage, a few months before their deaths in an accident. At age 16, Sora graduates from junior high and decides to try going to the auditions for the (Creator/CirqueDuSoleil-esque) Kaleido Stage in Cape Mery, USA. So, with the reluctant blessing of her adoptive parents, she goes to America to seek for her dream...

[[BreakTheCutie But it won't]] [[TrainingFromHell be easy]]. After an incident involving the theft of her luggage, Sora arrives late to the audition and is told to go back home and wait for the next round -- a year later. However, when a performer is unexpectedly hurt, the owner [[SternTeacher Kalos Eido]] tells [[TheFool Sora]] to cover for her. Main Kaleido Stage star [[DefrostingIceQueen Layla Hamilton]] wonders if Sora is ''really'' cut out for it and challenges her to either perform Layla's trademark move, the Golden Phoenix, or go back home; Sora trains hard with the help of two other recruits ([[{{Bifauxnen}} Anna Heart]] and [[BadassBookworm Mia Guillem]]) and the company's stage manager ([[NonActionGuy Kenneth "Ken" Robbins]]), and though she doesn't fully accomplish it, [[PluckyGirl her determination]] convinces Layla to let her stay. Ever since then, Sora has to struggle extra hard to fulfill her dream: to become the Top Star of the Stage...

''Kaleido Star'' (カレイドスター, ''Kareido Sutāa'') is an anime series co-produced by Japanese studios [[{{GONZO}} Gonzo Digimation Holding]] and ProductionIG, Korean studio Creator/GAndGEntertainment and American distributor Creator/{{ADV Films}}. The series was created by Junichi Sato, who also directed the first season, and written by Reiko Yoshida. The second season, ''Kaleido Star: New Wings'', was directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike. Famed Japanese circus performer and Cirque du Soleil veteran Dio Kobayashi was a special adviser to the production; a character within the show was named "Dio" in his honor.

In short, take the [[FrillsOfJustice sparkly costumes]] and [[WideEyedIdealist cheery optimism]] of a MagicalGirl series, remove a good part of the magic except for the FairyCompanion and have ''everyone'' try to [[BreakTheCutie break the spirit of the main character]] at some point and to different degrees. That's ''Kaleido Star''.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Leon and Sophie's step-parents
* TheAce: Deconstructed through May Wong (along with TsundereSue), just like Sora is a deconstruction of the PuritySue.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: At the beginning, almost everyone thought Sora got her spot by sucking up to Kalos and treated her like crap.
* AnimeThemeSong: And several, over the course of its two seasons.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Layla on Yuri, later May on Sora.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirls]]: Sora, Layla, May, Hannah and Barbara were Kaleido Stage fangirls before being recruited.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Kalos Eidos, who's blamed himself for the death of his old friend Aaron for years. Later, Yuri Killian, Aaron's son, who once tried to ruin Kalos's life out of revenge but saw the light [[BreakTheHaughty very harshly]].]]
* BadassBookworm: Mia Guillem is a Kaleido acrobat who also writes her own scripts and invents new tricks for the stage.
* BetterThanItSoundsAnime: It looks like your typical slice-of-life shoujo, but it's captivating once you get into it.
* BigFancyHouse: Layla's mansion.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Anna Heart has ''many'' fangirls for her boyish looks and roles. Two of them, Hannah and Barbara, actually manage to become her partners in the second season.
* {{Bishonen}}: Leon Oswald, Yuri Killian
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Sora brings some typical ''manzai'' comedy props as a gift for Anna. She immediately tries to rope Ken into a B & K routine. Ken is not amused.
* BrattyHalfPint: Marion, in her first episode.
* BritishAccents: Sarah, in the ADV dub, has a generic fake upper class Brit accent
* BrokenBird: Layla, but she gets better.
* BreakTheCutie: Sora is the butt of ''lots'' of bullying in the first season, until she proves she's more than Kalos's protege and has her own worth as a performer. And in the second one she's also the target of ridicule and lectures for her [[WideEyedIdealist rose-tinted vision of circus life]] and her own self-esteem problems.
** Also, a terrible BreakTheCutie process made [[spoiler: Leon Oswald]] the cruel, bitter person we meet. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: "Yes, May Wong, you ''can'' skip the hard work part and become a star almost from the beginning while acting like a SpoiledBrat... [[spoiler: but be ready to lose ''everything'' as soon as you drop your guard, re-starting from scratch]]."
** Also, [[spoiler: "Yes, Yuri Killian, you can try buying the Kaleido Stage to punish the guy you blame or your dad's death and be an asshole while doing so, but get ready to have Sora and Layla fighting back and completely pwning you."]]
* ButtMonkey: Apart from Sora? Ken is this in regards to his crush on Sora and Anna's stage antics. A lighter version is May [[spoiler:after her fall of grace ''and'' during her re-training with Katie and Layla]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: Anna pulls this to show her father how disappointed she is in him. Layla does it more subtly to show her own old man that she wants to help the Kaleido Stage instead of going to Broadway or Hollywood [[spoiler:after Yuri seizes the Stage]]. And in a genderflipped version, [[spoiler:Rosetta defies her mother ''and'' manager to tell her she wants to be a trapeze artist as well as a diabolo expert]].
* CallingYourAttacks: "DEEEEEEMOOOOONIIIIIC SPIRAAAAAAAL!" Oh, ''May''.
** This trope gets silly in the "Legend of Phoenix" OVA. "DEEEEEEMOOOOON BRAAAAAAAKE!"
* CanNotSpitItOut: Ken (for Sora), Kalos and Sarah (for each other), Jerry the policeman (for Kate the doctor -- although he eventually does manage -- [[spoiler:in the middle of a bank robbery where they're both hostages]]).
* CharacterDevelopment: Even the most evil, sneaky and/or annoying characters are given ''[[HiddenDepths reasons]]'' to be the way they are, and chances to get redemption.
* ChillyReception: Sora's first few weeks as a Kaleido Stage member are pretty miserable, with Layla picking on her, the rest of the crew following her lead, and even her future TrueCompanions regarding her as a cheat and a manipulator.
* ChineseGirl: May Wong.
* ClingyJealousGirl: May Wong is a half-romantic, half-hero worship version of this, in regards to Leon Oswald (and, somewhat, to Layla as well).
* CoolBigSis: Cathy Taymor, Layla's partner and friend from the second season. Also, Pamela from the itinerant circus Sora and Ken visit once.
** Also, May is the CoolBigSis for her ''five'' little brothers and sisters.
* CrosscastRole: Anna often plays male roles.
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Poor Sophie died. She's basically the reason why Leon Oswald is... well, [[JerkAss the]] [[DefrostingIceQueen way]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he]] [[TheComicallySerious is]].]]
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Barbara from the second season.
* {{Deconstructed Trope}}: Sora deconstructs the concept of the typical NaiveEverygirl shoujo heroine with traces of PuritySue, by facing borderline crippling losses and rejection from the beginning and having to work ''hard'' for both respect and technical prowess... ''without'' becoming cynical. That last bit is also a deconstruction of JadeColoredGlasses, as the experiences she goes through would guarantee many people to go all disenchanted, but after rather understandable troubles... it ultimately makes Sora ''even pluckier''.
** At the same time, May Wong can be seen as a deconstruction of TheAce and JerkSue: she plays them straight at first, but she actually ''pays'' the price for her arrogance.
** A lesser example is the first time Fool reveals himself to Sora. Most magical girl characters react to the sight of their FairyCompanion with awe and acceptance, but Sora considers the talking doll in her hotel room to be a sign of her own SanitySlippage. The fact that no one else can see him doesn't help.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Layla, in the first season. [[spoiler:Leon, in the second one.]]
* DisappearedDad: Anna and her father, Jack "Baron Jack" Heart, were estranged for years and their first encounter after that was ''not'' pretty. Layla's father is a good person, but he's also pushy and workaholic so Layla doesn't have much contact with him as well. [[spoiler:Yuri's father, Aaron, died on-stage when he tried the Mystical Act, and his death shaped Yuri into a SmugSnake.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: May tells this ''twice'' to Sora.
* DysfunctionJunction: Almost every character has a relative or parent who has died on stage or some trauma that doesn't get explored except through stage work
* EconomyCast: The only doctor is Kate and the only policeman (after the first episode) is Jerry.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When Sora chases a thief around ''on borrowed roller blades'' during the first episode.
* EurekaMoment: Mia (when she had to rewrite her script) had this right after Sora's pep talk about not giving up. Guess what her new script was about...
* FairyCompanion: Fool
* FanService: (slightly, anyway) It's a series about circus acrobats. How could you ''not'' expect them to have at least one character in a spandex get-up in each episode? Especially since the show's creater and producer was also the producer of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
** The time Sora visits Yuri's apartment to talk to him, he is [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtless]] the whole scene.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rq2igzocmA&feature=related The fourth opening]] (for "Episode 52", the "Rosetta OVA", contains multiple images of Sora and Rosetta that can only be described as this. This OVA really amped up the fanservice when it takes a close-up shot of Mia's breasts and another of May's.
** You also get a nice panty-shot of May as a skater in every opening of the second season.
** Many of the camera angles in the ''New Wings'' OVA offer rather... [[MaleGaze convenient...]] shots of Rosetta and Soras' backsides.
* FanOfUnderdog: Ken, Mia, Anna, Jonathan (sorta) and Marion.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: A running gag from the second season is having Rosetta facing the woes of maintaining her place more or less in order without making anything explode. (Then again, Rosetta is at most thirteen or so and living on her own for the first time).
* TheFool: Sora, in the first episode. Pity her luck was short-lived.
* FluffyFashionFeathers
* GenkiGirl: Sora, Rosetta, Marion
* GentleGiant: Jerry the Policeman
* GossipyHens: Julie and Charlotte. Sometimes Sora and her friends too, but more innocently.
* GratuitousEnglish: A brief mild case in the "New Wings" OVA where a sign on Sora's door reads "[=TRAINIG IN PROGRESS Do NoT DisTuRB!=]". [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[{{Woolseyism}} in the English dub]].
-->'''Sarah''': "I guess they're better performers than they are spellers."
* HandsomeLech: Fool is a pint-sized, magical version of this. When Sora has to kick him away from her friends and herself, HilarityEnsues because ''only'' Sora can see him. [[spoiler: Eventually Layla and Rosetta also can, but Layla only ''much'' later and Rosetta at the end of the series]].
* HappilyMarried: Used straight with Sora's parents (both biological and adoptive) and the acrobats Mute and Alice. Subverted with a duo from the Festival who ''looked'' like they were happily married onstage much to Mia's amazement, but bitched at each other backstage much to Sora's chagrin.
* HeelFaceTurn: Mia and Anna start out as Sora's worst tormentors. Once she proves her determination, they quickly change their opinion of her and develop into her best friends.
** Charlotte and Julie also do this much later in the season [[spoiler: when Yuri fires them from his new Kaleido Stage]]. But given the circumstances, you have to wonder if they were sincere or just had no further options.
* HeroicRROD: Multiple characters sustain injuries during their training.
** [[spoiler: Layla dislocates her shoulder during the training for the Legendary Great Maneuver, and completing the act only makes it worse, forcing her retirement from the circus.]]
** During Sora's training for the Angel's Maneuver in season 2, the skin on her toes gets worn off, [[GoryDiscretionShot or so we are told]].
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Sora's lack of self-esteem about her own skills and her ''real'' goal.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All the episodes have the word "sugoi" ("amazing") in the titles
* IllBoy: Ken can't be an acrobat because he has a weak heart, so he becomes a manager/trainer. [[spoiler: And in the second season he gets temporarily roped in as the ButtMonkey of Anna, Hannah and Barbara's routines.]]
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler: Layla is given one by Sora in an OVA in order to be "reborn" like a phoenix.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: When May walks into Kaleido Stage in the second season, she's amazed and pissed off that no one but her sees how wonderful and perfect she is and haven't handed her every lead role over the current star who worked for everything she has. [[BreakTheHaughty She gets better]], but she'll really make you want to jam your thumbs in your eyes for about a dozen episodes.
** Leon is the same, in a subtler and colder way. He believes his skill makes him so important that he demands script changes and special treatment at the drop of a hat. [[spoiler:It turns out he even puts his costars out of commission when he decides they are not worthy of being his partner. If he deems them unworthy, there's no point in them ever continuing to perform.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Kalos tries to pull this to let Sarah become a full-time IdolSinger, but she says she's more than happy in the Kaleido Stage and stays. It doesn't help that the one giving her the chance was Kalos' old friend Andy, who as soon as he learns about the situation ''also'' steps aside so Sarah can stay.]]
* JerkAss: Leon Oswald and May Wong, at least initially. To a lesser degree, Layla at the beginning of the first season.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Yuri's trap for Sophie that causes her death. Julie and Charlotte using Layla to ruin Mia, Sora and Anna's role upgrades in ''Cinderella.'' Later, Julia and Charlotte ''again'', telling Layla about the PowerTrio trying to help her with her DisappearedDad so, when things don't work the way the trio wanted, Layla gets upset at them. Yuri seizing the Kaleido Stage as revenge against Kalos [[YouKilledMyFather for (supposedly) causing Aaron's death.]] May's behavior prior to the ''Dracula'' auditions, various stuff that Leon does prior to his defrosting -- and ''specially'' when he ''deliberately injures Mey solely to tell her that she's not worthy of being his partner.'' No matter what May had done, NO ONE deserves that shit, and specially when it's stated in canon that such a behavior '''caused the death of at least one of Leon's partners, and severely crippled another'''. ]]
* KnifeOutline and KnifeThrowingAct: Episode 14 featured a knife thrower.
* LethalChef: For a long time, Rosetta is unable to maintain her apartment normally -- and that obviously includes cooking. Layla seems to have trouble even with handling a coffee machine (or a vegetable knife, in one of the OVA's). And according to Julie, Charlotte likes to use a bit too much salt when she's in charge of the kitchen.
* LimitedWardrobe: Outside of her stage costumes, Sora seems to have only two outfits most of the time -- a white leotard and a short blue denim overall with a white T-shirt. And as we see when she first arrives at Kaleido Stage, she wears the one under the other.
* LostAesop: In the end, ''was'' it good or not to be competitive? See the entry.
* MegatonPunch: Sora uses this so many times on Fool...
* MissingMom: Marion and Layla lost their mothers when they were small girls. Rosetta is distanced from her mom for a long time, until she's fully recruited by the Stage.
* MoodWhiplash: It often goes from drama to comedy without almost any warning.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Kalos never forgave himself for Aaron's death in the Kaleido Stage.]]
* NonActionGuy: Kenneth Robbins.
* NoSympathy: Kalos Eidos isn't a bad person ''per se'', but in regards to the Stage, he's incredibly (and borderline KickTheDog-ish) harsh. Layla shows this type of behavior too, barring Sora from the tryouts since she was late -- ''because she was mugged on her way to the Stage and groped by Kalos''.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: The whole cast, really, but it's most obvious with Marion, who stays about 10ish, and Jonathan, who remains a baby seal, for what appears to be about two years of elapsed time across the two seasons.
* TheOjou: Layla is a North American version of this.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: Sora -- "My wings are my dream, and on towards the sky!"
* ParentalAbandonment: Sora's natural parents are dead; her adoptive parents are supportive of her but stayed in Japan for a long time. Layla's mother died and her dad is good-hearted yet ''very'' workaholic. Leon is an orphan who abandoned his abusive adoptive relatives along with Sophie. And Yuri... [[YouKilledMyFather well...]]
* ParentsAsPeople: Layla's father is this to a T.
* PimpedOutDress: At least half the costumes.
* PluckyGirl: Sora, May, Layla.
* PoisonousFriend: Manami seems to be one of those in the beginning, but soon we're proved wrong.
* ThePollyanna: Sora goes just ''too'' often from a normal GenkiGirl to this...
* ThePowerOfFriendship: That goes without saying.
* PowerTrio: Sora (Id), Anna (Ego), Mia (Superego).
* PrettyInMink: Some of the costumes have fur trim.
* PromotionToParent: Leon, in regards to Sophie.
* RecycledInSpace: A sequel, ''Kaleido Star 2'', was planned and featured in a 2005 issue of ''Newtype USA''. It eschewed the circus setting of the main series and starred Rosetta as a MagicalGirl in space. However, given the time since it was announced and its non-existence on TheOtherWiki, I guess we can safely say that ''[=KS2=]'' is missing and presumed dead.
* RedOniBlueOni: The emotional Sora and the collected Layla. Later, Sora and the childish May, this one bordering on ShadowArchetype.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Jonathan the baby seal.
* TheRival: Sora and Layla; Sora and May; Leon and Yuri.
* RomanticFalseLead: Andy, in regards to Sarah and Kalos. He's ''nicer'' than the stereotypical False Lead, though.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Sora and Rosetta, to a degree. Also, Sora and Layla.
* RoofHopping: Sora manages a version of this ''in roller blades'', bouncing from awning to awning, while chasing the thief who stole her luggage in the first episode.
* SadClown: Anna Heart is a rare ''female'' version.
* ScaryBlackMan: Played for laughs. When Jerry the Policeman went to Japan, people actually ''ran away''.
* SensualSpandex: Many of the series' costumes, both on stage and during training.
* SeriousBusiness: Slightly more justified than your average MartialArtsAndCrafts competition show - circus is show business after all, and role grudges are definitely TruthInTelevision. The obsession with performing specific dangerous stunts without tweaking the technology to minimize risk... isn't. This isn't sports after all; WireFu can and should be expected of performance art.
* ShesGotLegs: Sora often gets the camera to focus on hers, from [[MaleGaze butt]] to toes. In one of the first scenes Kalos grabs Sora's legs when she is standing on the street (even though she doesn't know who he is) and declares her fit to be a performer. It makes sense when you consider that the show's creater and producer was also the producer of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
** In an interview with creator Jun'ichi Sato, featured in one of the US DVD releases, it is revealed that [[InvokedTrope they would often attempt to see how far they could take such.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Sora and her friends ship Kalos/Sarah.
** And there was Anna and Mia trying to get Ken to spit it out to Sora.
* {{Shorttank}}: Sora and Rosetta.
* ShoutOut: The whole concept of the Kaleido Stage is a ''huge'' shout-out to Creator/CirqueDuSoleil.
** The multi-talented circus performer Atsushi "Dio" Kobayashi signed on as a technical advisor to the series, and a character from one of the filler episodes was named Dio in his honor. Ironically, the character Dio [[WhipItGood uses a whip]], even though his namesake abandoned that act [[MyGreatestFailure after accidentally cutting an audience volunteer]].
** Anna's posse, [[{{Hanna-Barbera}} Hannah and Barbara]].
* ShowerOfAngst: Sora takes one after [[spoiler: she loses Layla's Phoenix Ticket to May.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: Several, going from fairy tales ("Cinderella," "The Little Mermaid") to literature classics ("Dracula," "Romeo and Juliet"). Arguably the whole point of the setting.
* SinkOrSwimMentor / TeamDad: Kalos Eidos.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: You have three chances to guess which side this series firmly sits on, and the first two don't count.
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler: Yuri Killian, in the first season.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Carlos, who became "Kalos." In the dubbers' defense, "カロス" (KAROSU) isn't the most typical transliteration for Carlos; "カルロス" (KARUROSU) and "カーロス" (KAAROSU) would probably be used more often.
** Ironically, "Kalos" sounds like ''callous'', which describes him pretty well when he's at his worst.
** It of course serves the "Kalos Eido"/"Kaleido" pun better this way as well. Yes, Kalos apparently named his circus after himself.
* SpoiledBrat: May, at first.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Layla's, Sora's and May's outfits in ''Salome in Vegas''. In the GrandFinale, also, watch Sora perform as Princess Odette in ''SwanLake'', explosively shredding her outfit to reveal a costume that looks like a cross between a bellydancer outfit and a white bikini.
** The final single ADV Films DVD release cover takes full advantage of this Fanservice (which see ShesGotLegs).
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]: Julie and Charlotte; Hannah and Barbara.
* TeamMom: Sarah is a rather peculiar version of this trope: despite being an efficient dorm supervisor, an IdolSinger for the Stage and Sora and Co.'s CoolBigSis, sometimes she can be even]] ''more'' [[OneOfTheKids child-like]] than her proteges. She gets bonus points for [[spoiler:being in love with TeamDad Kalos]] though.
** And double bonus [[spoiler: for actually ''getting'' him in the end.]]
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Sora puts her heart in her performances, which makes her clash with the more technically-geared Rosetta, Leon and May.
** Oddly, Layla is an ex-DefrostingIceQueen who possesses traits belonging to ''both'' types.
** That's because Layla is just ''that'' awesome.
* TelevisionGeography: "Cape Mery" can't seem to make up its mind whether it's Los Angeles or San Francisco -- it's got LA's shoreline and palm trees but also San Francisco's hills, vintage streetcars, and a dead-on markup toward the Ferry Building and nearby Amtrak terminal in the second season's opening. (Plus, oddly, just a bit of the concrete canyons of New York City...) And just to confuse the issue even further, the [[spoiler:rising sun over the ocean horizon when Sora performs the Angel Maneuver]] in the final episode makes it clear that the open sea is to the ''east'' of the city -- pretty hard to do anywhere in California. Some viewers suspect that it's actually in Hawaii, not California, which would solve most of these problems (and explain some otherwise extremely fast travel times from Japan).
** The dialogue in episode 22 specifically states that the protagonists are from Los Angeles.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Almost every time Sora needs to expand her skills, she finds someone to put her through an ever more grueling TrainingFromHell.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Mia and Anna, respectively. Sora is the tomboy when with Layla; with May... it ''[[{{Tsundere}} heavily]]'' depends on May's current mood (and curiously, May ''really'' looks the part of the girly girl, thanks to her RapunzelHair and cute wardrobe).
** Let's not forget Sora and Rosetta. Since both are {{Shorttank}}s, they also switch around the roles.
** Also Cathy and Layla, as well as Julie and Charlotte.
* TrainingFromHell: The series is ''infamous'' for this. And believe it or not, Sora is ''not'' the only one who has to go through it once and again and again...
* TransformationSequence: Sora's explosive costume change [[spoiler:at the climax of the final episode of the second season]] certainly shows the influence of predecessors like ''Anime/SailorMoon'', even though it's (probably) not magical.
* TranslationConvention: It's made pretty clear that everybody is speaking English to each other, though of course in the raw and subtitled versions it's Japanese. Sora even went to an English conversation school in preparation for the trip to [[strike: LA]] Cape Mery.
** Note there are some problems. If you see handwritten or typed English, there are errors. Sarah's name is typed as Salah. Layla's dad's note makes no sense. The twins are playing a wordplay game that only makes sense in Japanese. Aaron Killian's first name is said as "Arlon" during the [[spoiler:Legendary Great Maneuver at the end of season one]], but is subtitled as "Aaron" in season two's opening recap!
* {{Tsundere}}: May Wong is a ''very'' exaggerated (in the beginning) Type A (tsuntsun, aka "mostly cranky"). She mellows out a bit, but is still quite volatile.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Jerry the Policeman, since he manages to ''marry'' his childhood friend Kate the doctor.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Layla is a female version of this.
* WhipItGood: Dio
* WideEyedIdealist: Boy, does Sora get called out for being one of these...
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Sora, with her raspberry-hued locks, is almost the only character in the show with an unrealistic hair color. (Although Leon's silver/platinum hair comes close. Also, the dance captain has lavender hair, but he also seems to be a CampGay, so it may be dyed).
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: The reason behind Yuri becoming a SmugSnake and master of KickTheDog acts in the middle of the series. The kicker? It was ''not'' Kalos' fault, but Yuri was so traumatized that nothing would convince him of the truth.]]
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