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->'''Wild Tiger:''' As long as there's a glimmer of hope, a real hero never leaves a life behind!\\
'''Barnaby:''' You still stand by that idealistic nonsense?\\
'''Wild Tiger:''' Don't stop me.\\
'''Barnaby:''' I never said anything about stopping you.\\
'''Wild Tiger:''' Huh?\\
'''Barnaby:''' [[MeaningfulEcho As long as there's a glimmer of hope, a real hero never leaves a point behind.]]

In the fictional metropolitan city of Sternbild, superpowered humans known as "NEXT" have been appearing for the last forty-five years. Some of these "NEXT" have chosen to use their powers to become {{Corporate Sponsored Superhero}}es, fighting crime and saving lives while sporting [[ProductPlacement logos on their suits]] and [[SeriousBusiness raising the profiles]] of their sponsors.

Documenting all of this is the mega popular RealityTV show "HERO TV", which awards "Hero Points" for heroic deeds such as apprehending criminals and saving civilians, with the coveted title of "King of Heroes" going to the crimefighter with the most points at the end of the season.

One such hero is Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (a.k.a "Wild Tiger"), a veteran superhero who relies on his gut instincts and years of experience to fight crime. Though obligated to work for the best interests of his sponsors, Kotetsu follows his own code of honour, putting his heroic responsibilities over showmanship and saving people regardless of collateral damage to public property, earning him the (begrudging) nickname of "[[DestructiveSaviour Crusher for Justice]]".

Due to his lack of popularity, Kotetsu is forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks Jr., a rookie hero who has the exact same power as him, and [[TheyFightCrime whose cynical and modern approach to crimefighting clashes horribly with Kotetsu's old-school sensibilities]].

Directed by [[Anime/TheBigO Keiichi]] [[Anime/{{Karas}} Sato]], featuring original character designs by MasakazuKatsura, and animated by famed studio Creator/{{Sunrise}}, ''Tiger And Bunny'' [[Spring2011Anime premiered in April 2011 in Japan]], and is simulcast in North America by [[http://www.vizanime.com/tiger-and-bunny Viz]] [[Creator/VizMedia Media]]), in France by [[http://www.kzplay.fr/ KZPlay]], in the UK by [[http://www.anime-on-demand.com/ Anime on Demand]], and in Australia by Siren Visual on [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/video/ ANN]].

The English dub premiered on October 2nd, 2012, on Creator/NeonAlley. Technically, as "All's Well That Ends Well" was the first episode of any show to run all the way through without major technical difficulties, it was the premiere piece for the whole Neon Alley channel.

[[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-13/tiger-and-bunny-anime-gets-2-films-starting-in-2012 Two movies have been announced.]] The first (''Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning'') is a partial CompilationMovie of the first two episodes with added new content and a new villain, while the next one (''Tiger & Bunny: The Rising'') is a {{sequel}} released on February 8, 2014, with special screenings in North America on certain dates in select locations.
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This series has a [[Characters/TigerAndBunny character sheet]]. All character tropes should go there instead. Also has a [[Recap/TigerAndBunny Recap]] page.
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!!''Tiger And Bunny'' contains examples of:

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* AbridgedSeries: ''Tiger & Bunny Abridged'' by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/HeroTVA/videos Hero TVA]]. As of this writing, there are currently 5 episodes and 2 shorts.
* ActionDuo: Kotetsu and Barnaby have the same powers but the former prefers [[GoodOldFisticuffs punching]] and the later prefers kicking.
* AdultFear:
** Kotetsu/Wild Tiger is a father and therefore he ''really'' hates the mere idea of children being in any kind of danger. [[spoiler: Worse still, in the second episode his daughter Kaede ends up in danger, and Tiger is not ''quite'' quick enough to rescue her. Fortunately, Barnaby is.]]
** Episode 15 brings a new Adult Fear for Kotetsu. Namely, [[spoiler:the possibility of having a rare, progressive condition that will force him to give up what he loves most]].
** Ivan is a teenager, but he still has to face the fear of not having been able to help his friend when he needed him the most. [[spoiler: Now said friend, Edward, is a supervillain.]]
** Barnaby has to face a huge Adult Fear: [[spoiler: his parents' '''real''' murderer was... Maverick, his former ParentalSubstitute. So during a good part of his life, he has been raised ''by the guy who killed his mom and dad'', and a good part of his whole identity [[MindRape is based on]] ''[[MindRape lies]]''.]]
** The moment where [[spoiler:Maverick]] pats Kaede's head. The simple idea of what he [[MindControl could do]] to her gave the fanbase itself a major freak out.
** Speaking of [[spoiler:Maverick]], the idea of all your friends and colleagues suddenly forgetting who you are and then trying to terminate you for a crime you didn't commit can be gutwrenching to imagine. It's one of the many reasons that [[spoiler:Maverick]] is pretty much pure evil.
* AffectionateParody[=/=]DeconstructiveParody: Cheerfully pokes fun at and deconstructs western superhero conventions whilst maintaining the firm idealism that gave the original stories their charm.
* AlternateCalendar: The year is 1978 N.C. NEXT have been appearing for 45 years, making their first appearance in 1933 NC... a possible ShoutOut to the beginning of the Golden Age of comic books.
* AllThereInTheManual: There's a lot of background info on the series that's given out in the various books, magazines and drama [=CD=]s. Most of it is fun trivia; the heroes' schedules and favorite foods, how Kotetsu met Tomoe and Antonio, how the point system used by Hero TV works, details on the areas in and around Sternbild, etc.
* AllThereInTheScript: Several, including many of the main cast names (for example, did you notice no one ever calls Sky High by his real name: Keith Goodman!)
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Sky High (who overshadows Wild Tiger so much that criminals want to be arrested by ''him'' instead of Tiger) and Barnaby (has the same powers as Tiger, but is younger, better-looking, seen as more competent, and better regarded by the corporate sponsors) serve as this to Kotetsu.
* [[spoiler:AndTheAdventureContinues]]
* AnimalMotifs[=/=]AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Some of the heroes have this going for them. Four of them have animals that are found in the EasternZodiac and/or TheFourGods.
** Dragon: Pao-Lin/Dragon Kid.
** Ox: Antonio/Rock Bison.
** Rabbit: Barnaby/"Bunny".
** Tiger: Kotetsu/Wild Tiger.
** Phoenix: Nathan/Fire Emblem.
* AnimeChineseGirl: Dragon Kid.
* AnimeThemeSong: Played with in the first episode. Karina/Blue Rose is shown singing an ending song titled "Go NEXT".
* {{Animesque}}: Inverted. The show aims to have a Western comic book feeling.
* ArcWords: The [[spoiler:silly nickname Kotetsu gave Barnaby in Episode 2]].
* ArmourPiercingSlap: [[spoiler: Kotetsu in Episode 19 does this on an impulse as reaction to emotionally-unstable Barnaby's harsh words toward him, which were in turn a reaction to Kotetsu hiding the real reason behind his decision of retirement. Kotetsu would do it again in Episode 23 with the intention to make Barnaby remember the above incident. An action rather lacking in foresight.]]
* AsceticAesthetic: Barnaby's apartment. Sweet ''mercy'', Barnaby's apartment. The place is starkly designed, echoingly huge, and almost completely devoid of furniture and decorations, to the point where he seems to use a single ergonomic chair for all his sitting ''and sleeping'' needs.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:The first three were the bank robbers from Episode 1, who were murdered in Episode 6.]] They were in their jail cell talking about how they should have stayed as kidnappers instead, reminiscing on one time they ransomed a child and then killed both the kid and the parents after they get the money. They were killed in their cell by immolation, one of them was using the toilet in the cell at the time.
** The last criminal of Episode 6.
** [[spoiler: The serial killer from Episode 16.]]
** [[spoiler: Dr. Rotwang, who is sent falling to his death by Maverick due to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer being of use to him]].]]
** [[spoiler: [[BigBad Maverick]] is something of a subversion - by the time Lunatic gets round to killing him, he's wiped his own mind, leaving himself as a barely-sentient EmptyShell with no traces of his former personality.]]
*** As a general rule of thumb, people targeted by Lunatic tend to completely deserve it.
* AsYouKnow: The series opens with one directly to the audience -- the [[ShowWithinAShow Hero TV]] audience, that is.
* AwesomeButImpractical: In Episode 5, Tiger and Barnaby got a "Good Luck Mode" upgrade which activated automatically when they had only three seconds of power left and increased their strength by [[spoiler: not one bit. [[RuleOfCool But it makes them look much cooler.]]]]
** Tiger's ridiculously over-elaborated wristwatch upgrade.
** Episode 25: Should you really be wearing 3-D glasses outside of a theater? [[SunglassesAtNight At night?]] ''[[UpToEleven While driving?]]''
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Kaede and Kotetsu plays this on the familial angle. As much as Kaede will insist she hates her father for [[WhenYouComingHomeDad not being there for her]], she'll still be the first to [[spoiler:set off on her own to rescue him when she learns he's in danger]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Kotetsu and Barnaby pull this off in Episode 10.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Invoked when one NEXT child deals with enough taunting to believe his powers are just too "creepy" for superheroics. Thus, if you can't become a super''hero''...
** It's then subverted when Wild Tiger convinces him to use his powers for good and save the building and everyone in it.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The main plot of Episode 9, where Tiger is charged with babysitting the mayor's son, Sam. [[spoiler: However, Pao-Lin ends up being the main babysitter and winds up kidnapped along with the kid by a female group of NEXT criminals.]]
* BananaPeel: [[spoiler: Used as a ChekhovsGag in Episode 14 to help Tiger, Barnaby and Blue Rose detect the presence of the criminal.]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Averted in Episode 13 with Kotetsu.
* BarrierWarrior: [[spoiler: Jake Martinez.]] An unusual example in that he can also manipulate the size of said barriers, using them for projectiles as well.
* BathtubBonding: Kotetsu suggests this to his daughter in Episode 17. It gets her creeped out and more than a little angry.
* BeachEpisode: Not in the actual anime, but the fifth drama CD takes place at a beach with a photoshoot for Pao-Lin and Karina.
* BearsAreBadNews: [[spoiler:Teddy Bears show up in Episode 10. Kotetsu buys one for his daughter and a army of them piloting mechas show up to attack the city for Ouroboros.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Discussed by Karina and Barnaby in the second drama CD
-->'''Karina:''' Hey. you know how in situations like this, people don't usually get along at first, but then gradually grow closer?
-->'''Barnaby:''' Yes. So?\\
'''Karina:''' I'm never EVER going to feel that way towards you, just so you know!\\
'''Barnaby:''' I feel the same way.\\
'''Karina:''' [[DefiedTrope I'll make sure the circumstances never ever come to that!]] If it does, I'll rip those [[EventFlag flags]] to shreds myself!\\
'''Barnaby:''' Sounds great. I'm looking forward to it.
* {{BFG}}: [[spoiler: The android H-01, a [[EvilKnockoff fake Wild Tiger]], is equipped with a powerful one. After Wild Tiger and Barnaby disarmed H-01 of it, the gun was used by Barnaby to finish H-01 off while Wild Tiger held H-01.]]
* BigDamnHeroes:
** [[spoiler: In Episode 13, Kotetsu rushes out of the ICU to help Barnaby win the battle against Jake.]]
** [[spoiler:''Lunatic'']] of all people pulls one in Episode 21 [[spoiler:to save Kotetsu from being captured by his former allies]].
** In Episode 24 [[spoiler: ''Kaede'' saves the heroes (minus Kotetsu and Barnaby) when Rotwang is about to kill them all.]]
** Three in Episode 25: [[spoiler:Doc Saito activating the androids' safety mode just before they're about to kill the heroes, Agnes broadcasting Maverick's EngineeredPublicConfession to the entire city, and Kotetsu revealing himself to be NotQuiteDead just in time to save Kaede.]]
* BilingualBonus: The name of the city, Sternbild, is German for "constellation".
** The heavy use of SurprisinglyGoodEnglish[[note]] It should be mentioned that they had the American Creator/VizMedia studio do all the text on screen for them.[[/note]] actually becomes this for native Japanese viewers; although only the most important lines are translated into Japanese, the English text contains a lot of interesting things such as background on the heroes, or more plot-relevant facts like [[spoiler: Kotetsu's diary which documents his gradual power loss and Barnaby's parents being robot engineers many episodes before the fact is explicitly brought up in the plot]]. Even small simple things like criminal profiles and the writing in help yourself books are in full English and not just random letters or scribbles.
* BirthdayEpisode: Early in their partnership, Kotetsu finds out Barnaby's birthday is coming up a plans a surprise party involving a fake mugging. It ends up being a disaster and gets hijacked by an actual criminal chase, but this leads to the first real "power of teamwork" moment for the pair.
* BitingTheHandHumor: The show is an AffectionateParody of superhero stories where the calling has become a soulless corporate career in which glitzy advertising takes priority over saving lives. They then brought in a mind-bending amount of ProductPlacement from real-world companies. Do the maths.
* BishieSparkle: Nathan teaches Keith how to generate them in order to impress a girl he likes.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: [[spoiler: H-01 has one in its left arm.]]
* BlandNameProduct: While many of the products and companies in the show are real for [[ProductPlacement obvious reasons]], there are fake ones as well. [[http://i55.tinypic.com/2hmiry9.jpg Pwitter, for example]].
* BlatantLies: In Episode 11 when Barnaby storms out after hearing that Ouroboros have demanded the release of Jake Martinez, Kotetsu claims it's because he told Barnaby the story of how he got his code name. Karina falls for it, Nathan expresses surprise that she did.
** In Episode 14 Barnaby and Tiger appear on a talk show together, and their blatant lying is immediately {{lampshaded}} with a cut to the other heroes back at base commenting on it.
--->'''Tiger:''' I guess we've been like this since the very beginning. Right, Bunny?\\
'''Barnaby:''' Yes, we seem to have a connection right from the start!
* BlessedWithSuck: All the NEXT students Tiger mentors in Episode 8 have varied powers such as hair manipulation, neck stretching, leg stretching, and sweating a lot.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: A couple of the episodes subbed by Hulu suffer from this. One was hastily typed and full of misspellings and missed spaces, and two more go so far as to leave ''half of the dialogue completely untranslated''. Fortunately, some of these instances were corrected after a while but not some of the mistranslations which lead the fandom to believe that [[spoiler:Barnaby took on the name of his deceased father after his parent's murder (when Barnaby was his birth name)]] and that Pao-Lin wanted a boy to notice her when it was just people in general. It doesn't help that some of these mistranslations have been included in the dub, such as the above spoiler.
* BoogieKnights: While not a straight example, you get the idea that the CGI animators were getting a kick out of putting armored Tiger in as many odd poses as they could come up with.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The series begins and ends with an episode of Hero TV and an EmbarrassingRescue.]]
** Both first and last episodes have a scene where Nathan is hitting on Antonio, to the latter's obvious displeasure and annoyance.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 14, which takes place after the end of rather dramatic arc and right before the first heartbreaking episode in the series.
** Episode 17, though not without drama, is a restful interlude between the WhamEpisode that is 16 and the plot developments in the episodes that followed.
* BridalCarry[=/=]EmbarrassingRescue: How Barnaby saves Kotetsu when they first meet. Later in the episode it gets lampshaded, at Kotetsu's expense.
** The same thing happens towards the end of Episode 10 and [[spoiler:at the tail end of the last episode]].
* [[BuddyCopShow Buddy Superhero Show]]
* BuildingSwing: Wild Tiger can use his [[GrapplingHookPistol wires]] from his suit this way.
* BullyingADragon: The kid with in the second episode was the target of this treatment. Kotetsu apparently got similar treatment in his youth.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [[spoiler:Jake Martinez has no idea what Barnaby is talking about when he asks why Jake murdered his parents, and mocks him for expecting him to keep track. The trope is then subverted when it's revealed in Episode 18 that Barnaby's memory is faulty and Jake wasn't the murderer.]]
* CallBack: The bar scene in Episode 16 plays clips from the beginning of the first episode on the TV.
* CatchphraseInterruptus: Blue Rose in Episodes 4 and 5. The former from when the suspect shot at her and the latter when Fire Emblem drove up and talked to her after she captured the second suspect. The second time it was lampshaded as she berated Fire Emblem not letting her finish.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:Agnes and the Hero TV crew, turning the tables on Maverick in the finale.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** Played straight in Episode 5 with [[spoiler:the diamond necklace]].
** Subverted in Episode 23, [[spoiler: where Kotetsu slaps Barnaby in a bid to jog his memory of their quarrel from Episode 19. The attempt fails dismally, serving only to aggravate an already angered Barnaby.]]
*** Although Episode 23 plays it straight as well. [[spoiler: Barnaby's memory returns when Kotetsu calls him 'Bunny' a nickname originally bestowed by Kotetsu that Barnaby hates. Complete with flashback to Episode 2 where Kotetsu first used it.]]
* CityOfAdventure: Sternbild.
* ClarkKenting: Out of suit Tiger wears only a [[DominoMask classic superhero mask]] (that doesn't really hide anything) [[LimitedWardrobe with his normal outfit]]. Dragon Kid and Blue Rose don't even bother to disguise themselves, only their hair color (and eye color, in Blue Rose's case) is different.
** Lampshaded in Episode 20; when Kotetsu puts on his mask in front of a guard to prove he's Wild Tiger. The guard says that with that beard and mask, anyone could be Wild Tiger.
* ClearMyName: [[spoiler:In Episode 6, Fire Emblem is accused of murder.]]
** [[spoiler:Kotetsu in Episodes 20, 21, and 22.]]
* CliffHanger: Episodes 11, 12, and pretty much every episode from 19 to 24.
* ClothingDamage: Saito, Apollon's tech head, demonstrates Kotetsu's old suit's potential for this [[KillItWithFire quite graphically]] in order to show the superiority of his own design. Then puts Kotetsu ''himself'' through a demonstration in Episode 6, which proves Saito's new suit is far more durable.
** The Apollon Wild Tiger suit was damaged quite a few times: Jake cracked the visor on the helmet (Ep. 12), Barnaby broke the "Good Luck Mode" arm (Ep. 23), and [[spoiler: H-01's gun destroyed most of the front of the suit]] (Ep. 24).
* CodeName: All heroes have one except for Barnaby, who doesn't hide his true identity. Kotetsu derived his CodeName "Wild Tiger" from his real name (The "ko" in Kotetsu is written with the kanji for "tiger").
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Most NEXT glow with a blue aura when they use their powers. Some, like Jake Martinez and Kriem, glow red/orange -- though why this is was never clarified.
** The two protagonists' signature colours are green for Kotetsu and red/pink for Barnaby. This is arguably a case of the trope, since the two are complimentary to each other on the colour wheel and could have been meant to symbolize their potential for a successful partnership.
* ColorCodedSecretIdentity: Pretty much every costumed NEXT in the show has this to a greater or lesser extent. The only one who doesn't count is Barnaby, and that's because his identity isn't secret.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: WordOfGod has confirmed that those minor characters you think resemble famous people ([[FanNickname Mayor Obama]], for example) are based on said famous people.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Averted and lampshaded. [[spoiler: H-01 wasn't a prototype, it was a production model. The second they get over defeating it, 8 more equally powerful ones show up.]]
* ConspicuousCG: Used for most of the costumes, cars, backgrounds and even for [[http://i56.tinypic.com/2rescbq.jpg some bananas]].
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** Tiger and Barnaby have the ''exact same'' superpower. This was a conscious choice in order to highlight the differences between them; originally their abilities were going to be memory manipulation and teleportation respectively. However, no other NEXT ability is shown to repeat in the series, making theirs even more glaring.
** In Episode 12 [[spoiler: when Jake selects Wild Tiger's card, he remarks that he will not last a second and decides to pick the next opponent as well. He ends up drawing Barnaby's card. He lampshades this by pointing out how he picked them together and saying "they really are a team".]]
** In an overlap with RuleOfFunny, there are the many, ''many'' convenient distractions that keep Kotetsu from [[spoiler:drinking the drugged coffee]] in Episode 20.
** In Episode 19 [[spoiler: Kriem reveals that Jake could not have murdered Barnaby's parents, as the night they were murdered Jake kidnapped her and she was with him the entire time.]]
* CoolBike: Kotetsu and Barnaby have matching ones. Blue Rose is seen sitting on one in Episodes 1 and 4 but doesn't actually use it until Episode 7.
** CoolSidecar: Kotetsu's bike turns into one and connects to Barnaby's.
* CoolCar:
** Fire Emblem has ''two''; a red Dragster/Joel Shumacher era Batmobile look-alike that he uses when he's working and a Ferrari Testarossa as his private car.
** Agnes drives a new model blue Porsche, possibly a Boxster.
** Barnaby is seen driving a red Honda NSX in Episode 15.
** There appears to be a few modern Ford Mustangs being driven by Sternbild's civilians.
** In episode 25, the car that [[spoiler:Tiger almost falls on and is subsequently destroyed when Barnaby saves him]] looks like the version of the Chevrolet Camaro from 2009 onward.
* CorporateSponsoredSuperhero: The premise of the show.
* CrossCounter: Kotetsu and Lunatic in Episode 8.
** Kotetsu and [[spoiler:Barnaby]] in Episode 23.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Sky High and Rock Bison both in Episode 12.]]
* CryingWolf: After Kotetsu's ScarySurpriseParty that involved a staged robbery, Barnaby is not inclined to believe Kotetsu when he really ''is'' in trouble. [[spoiler:But he still ends up going out to help him.]]
** Also occurs in the Episode 14, when Kotetsu's power runs out [[spoiler:thirty seconds early]]. Remembering what happened in Episode 2, Barnaby just assumes that Kotetsu faked it to give Antonio a chance to catch the criminal.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Jake]] vs [[spoiler: Sky High, Rock Bison and Wild Tiger]]. ESPECIALLY [[spoiler: Rock Bison, who apparently only had time to charge Jake before the show suddenly cuts to his CrucifiedHeroShot, with a comment that he went down even faster than Sky High.]]
** And though it doesn't actually happen on-screen, [[spoiler:Rotwang gloats that the battle between the H-01 android and all the heroes (minus the two protagonists) in Ep. 22 went like this.]]
* CuteButCacophonic: The Mayor's baby son Sam at one point cries loud enough for a ceiling tile to fall on Fire Emblem's head. (But the kid ''is'' a Telekinetic NEXT, after all...)
* DarkerAndEdgier: After Episode 15 the second half of the series just keeps progressively getting darker. It takes a short break in [[BreatherEpisode Episode 17]] (which is only light-hearted in comparison) and then goes straight back. Episode 20 could be considered a turning point which demonstrates just how far it's gone in this direction; [[spoiler: an innocent gets killed, while another becomes an {{Unperson}} and is framed for the former's death]]. But things lighten up again in [[spoiler: Episode 25, and the series ends on its usual positive, upbeat note]].
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler:Keith becomes smitten with a quiet women he meets in the park, unaware that she's a malfunctioning android that goes berserk in the presence of heroes.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: Several of the supporting characters have spotlight episodes: Karina in Episodes 4 and 14, Ivan in Episode 8, Pao-Lin in Episode 9, and Keith in Episode 15. [[spoiler: And Lunatic in Episode 16.]]
* TheDeadHaveNames: [[spoiler: The criminals from Episode 1 are named after they were killed in Episode 6. Their names were Tony Smith, Jack Brown, and Bob Johnson.]]
* DeconReconSwitch: Zig-zagged. Corporatism has successfully turned the spectacle of super-heroics into a business, grading heroes on their performance and thus making them in general more concerned with their sponsors rather than doing anything heroic. Anyone lagging behind has to adapt to the new model or be cast away. It is also implied that it behooves heroes to keep a secret identity and not let their families know of their activities, which also puts a strain on their personal lives. However, the heroic idealism itself is not made fun of, which counts as reconstruction.
** [[spoiler: The label fully applies by the end of the series; Maverick fabricated the entire conflict surrounding superheroes and Ouroboros to get ratings, and justified it as saying it reduced hate against NEXT (which to be fair is by and large true). However Ouroboros has since spiraled out of control and is more or less impossible to destroy, so superheroes are here to stay for the duration; and by series end none of the heroes seem to care that much about appeasing their sponsors and focus more on saving people, thus making both deconstruction and reconstruction tropes valid.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** [[spoiler:Kriem, acting as CombatCommentator for Barnaby's fight with Jake in Episode 13, refers to Barnaby as "Revenge Boy who is out for vengeance".]]
** And then there's Keith Goodman's love of repetition, [[CatchPhrase and again, there is Keith Goodman's love of repitition]].
* DesignatedVictim: The [[http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/2016/scarftan.jpg anonymous scarf-wearing girl]] who has been on the wrong end of an astonishing number of perils in Sternbild so far.
* {{Determinator}}: One of the robbers basically spends half the episode evading the many heroes that show up. And he is a completely normal guy. This is, of course, purely to show off all the main heroes...
* DevelopmentGag: [[spoiler: The "''Black Suit'' Wild Tiger" from Episode 21 has glowing square dots on the waist, the shoulders are colored-in, and a lack of a chest insignia like the Wild Tiger suit from the pilot.]] Additionally, the green vest, white shirt ensemble that Kotetsu wears in one of the show's flashbacks is a call back to [[http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/972/katsuraconceptsketch.png Katsura's concept art for his character design]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: The end of [[spoiler:Episode 24 seemed to be leading to a classic example, but this was subverted in Episode 25]].
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The NEXT.
* DisturbedDoves: In the first ending theme a flock of white doves take flight in the skies above Sternbild City.
* DocumentaryEpisode: In-universe the people of Hero TV tried to do this in Episode 3 following Wild Tiger and Barnaby. It got somewhat derailed with the bomb threat.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Wild Tiger, a super hero who's been around for ten years - and has seen better days -, has suffered a decline in his performance at work. People also no longer warm up to his old-school brand of super-heroics, leaving him a sort of pariah among his peers. As a result, his sponsor company employing him goes belly up and pawns him off to the greater corporate sponsor where he must follow a set of rules or be left unemployed - one of them working alongside a younger, more marketable companion, which will presumably remind him even more of his own inadequacy. Any similarity with today's weak job markets ''cannot'' be a coincidence.
** People have been having a lot of fun photoshopping [[http://i55.tinypic.com/2r5w9e1.png this scene]] from Episode 19 (contains spoilers).
** From that same episode: [[spoiler: Maverick]] drugging [[spoiler: Barnaby]] and then showing himself as a total bastard in front of a semi-paralyzed and emotionally broken [[spoiler: Barnaby]]. Date rape comparisons, anyone?
*** To make it worse, the next episode has a disoriented [[spoiler:Barnaby]] waking up in bed in above druggist's mansion while he cooks food for him. Bonus points for [[spoiler: memory loss]].
* DownerEnding: Episode 15 certainly counts as this.
** [[spoiler:NARROWLY [[AvertedTrope averted]] by Kotetsu himself. He apparently took a fatal hit to the chest in Episode 24 after failing to avoid the shot Barnaby fired at the H-01 he was restraining - only to come back to his senses in the next episode and [[BigDamnHeroes save Kaede from Maverick]].]]
** But Kotetsu has [[spoiler:lost most of his powers by the end of the anime]].
* DumbassHasAPoint: In Episode 4, Barnaby is shocked that he and Kotetsu actually agree on something, specifically that they didn't become heroes because they wanted praise or appreciation.
* [[DynamicEntry Dynamic Exit]]: In Episode 20 [[spoiler: Wild Tiger saves a little boy from a mall that was on fire after a terrorist bombing by smashing through a wall from the ''inside'']].
* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding: Kotetsu is alive and well; with his powers, though weakened, still intact; and he and Barnaby both retire from their duties, though they come back next year.]]
* EasterEgg: [[http://thisissternbild.com/2011/07/16/easter-eggs-in-tb-fanvideo-translated/ Several are explained here.]]
** There's also hidden Origamis in official [[http://i.imgur.com/Ugpi4.jpg books]] and [[http://i.imgur.com/WFODx.jpg illustrations]].
* ElementalPowers: Some NEXT have them.
** Heroes:
*** BlowYouAway: Sky High.
*** AnIcePerson: Karina/Blue Rose.
*** PlayingWithFire: Fire Emblem.
*** ShockAndAwe: Dragon Kid.
** Bad Guys:
*** ElementalArmor: Pauly, the villain in Episode 5, can cover himself in diamond.
*** PlayingWithFire: Lunatic, but this time with [[TechnicolorFire blue and green flames]].
** Other:
*** DishingOutDirt[=/=]ElementalShapeshifter: Edward, Ivan/Origami Cyclone's friend from the HeroAcademy. It is mostly used for traveling and making sand pits.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Maverick's most obvious facial feature is a large bump between his eyebrows. No one mentions this, ever. Kaede even describes him as an old man with glasses and a necktie, which isn't exactly a narrow demographic. However, Kotetsu instantly recognizes him.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Kotetsu never calls Barnaby by name, preferring to use the nickname of his choosing ("Bunny") instead...[[AccidentalMisnaming much to Barnaby's annoyance]].
* EngineeredPublicConfession: The Hero TV crew captures [[spoiler:Maverick's entire monologue in the finale]] -- and airs it on live TV.
* EpicFail: In the first episode, Rock Bison's attempt to capture the bank robbers flounders when his horns get stuck in the armored car, letting the crooks get away while he yells for them to come back.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment[=/=]WhatYouAreInTheDark: An out-of-costume Barnaby passes by a crying child without batting an eye. Cue an out-of-costume Kotetsu passing the same kid and pulling off some impressive LeParkour [[FriendToAllChildren just to get the kid's balloon out of a tree]].
* EurekaMoment: In Episode 6, Saito's mention of getting trapped in a broken elevator jogs Kotetsu's memory just enough for him to recall just why the man that tried to kill him and Fire Emblem seemed so familiar: [[spoiler:he was the elevator maintenance man who planted the bomb in Episode 3]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: In Episodes 21-23. [[spoiler:Though it's more like antagonism than 'evil' when we see that both the fake Wild Tiger and Barnaby are sporting black versions of their suits.]]
** In Episode 23 [[spoiler:following the IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight, Barnaby goes back to his white and pink/red suit]].
* EvilDetectingDog: Sky High's dog, John. [[spoiler:Upon meeting Cis for the first time he barks and growls at her.]]
* EvilKnockoff: [[spoiler: Maverick and Rotwang created the combat android H-01, the black suit fake Wild Tiger, to replace the real Wild Tiger.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Good Luck Mode. [[spoiler: In Episode 5, it activates when the heroes are almost out of power, giving their suits modifications [[RuleOfCool which look cool]] [[AwesomeButImpractical but really don't do anything]]. Also interesting to note is that tiger claws and rabbit's feet are "good luck" charms.]]
* ExplosiveLeash: [[spoiler: The heroes who were defeated and captured were forced to wear them by Rotwang.]]
* {{Expy}}: ''Anime/TheBigO'', another one of Sato's works, features R. Dorothy Wayneright, who looks extremely similar to Episode 15's Cis ([[spoiler:and behaves in a similar manner, being an android as well]]). Not to mention the fact Cis is voiced [[ActorAllusion by]] Mrs. Creator/AkikoYajima aka Dorothy.
* EyeColorChange: The eyes of [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual NEXT]] typically change to a bright, glowing [[OccultBlueEyes blue]] when they activate their abilities. This isn't the case for all of them, however -- NEXT with passive abilities don't have an eye color change, the eyes of the two NEXT in Ouroboros glow [[GoodColorsEvilColors orange-yellow]], and [[spoiler:Kotetsu's]] eyes also turn orange when his power begins to fluctuate in Episode 14 (although in subsequent episodes he retains the standard blue glow).
[[/folder]]

[[folder: F-K]]
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler: Maverick's NEXT power creates these. In the past he's used them on Barnaby, but as of Episode 20, he's also used them on the Hero TV cast and crew.]]
* FallingIntoHisArms: How Barnaby usually saves Kotetsu.
* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:In its early days Hero TV suffered from low ratings due to anti-NEXT prejudice. Albert Maverick made a deal with the Ouroboros crime syndicate to create flashier crimes and disasters for Heroes to foil.]]
* FantasticRacism: To a degree. NEXT who are idolized as heroes don't get it as bad -- but there are plenty of people who are prejudiced against them, as seen in Episode 2.
** Later on we're introduced to Jake Martinez, who's basically a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName NEXT supremacist]].
** Episode 18 reveals that [[spoiler:Kriem, Jake's girlfriend and fellow supremacist, was painfully on the receiving end of that prejudice against them as a kid, which resulted in her becoming who she is]].
** There are indications that [[spoiler:Hero TV in part was created to fight the prejudice and it worked, based on how much more accepted the NEXT have become.]]
** [[spoiler:Rotwang from Episodes 15, 23 and 24 is a rabid anti-NEXT.]]
* [[spoiler: FastForwardToReunion: Kotetsu and Barnaby, a year later.]]
* FeudEpisode: Episodes 12 & 19.
** PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure
* FictionalCurrency: Stern Dollars.
* FireBreathingWeapon: The mecha in Episode 6 had one that shoots blue flames as it's left arm.
* FireIceLightning: [[FanNickname The Girls' Team]] follows this dynamic. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fire for Fire Emblem]], Ice for Blue Rose, and Lightning for Dragon Kid.
* FirstNameBasis: [[spoiler:Barnaby finally starts calling Kotetsu by his name at the end of the thirteenth episode.]]
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Kotetsu (foolish) and Muramasa (responsible).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the bomb scare in Episode 3, Mary briefly hypothesizes that [[spoiler:it might have been made up as a desperate publicity grab]]. Then Episode 19 rolls along, and it's revealed that [[spoiler:Maverick has been collaborating with Ouroboros to make eye-catching, ratings-drawing crimes for heroes to thwart -- like that big bomb scare]].
* ForgottenBirthday: ZigZagged in Episode 5. [[spoiler: Kotetsu [[InvertedTrope remembers]] one of Barnaby's fans saying it's his birthday the next day, so [[ScarySurpriseParty he plans a surprise birthday party/staged robbery with several other heroes]]. However, thanks to an actual robbery occurring at the same time [[SubvertedTrope things go amusingly awry]].]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: '''Inverted''' in Episode 3. Kotetsu and Barnaby get filmed 24[=/=]7 as part of a reality show gimmick, and while Barnaby's open identity isn't an issue, Kotetsu just adds a mask to his civilian getup to remain as Wild Tiger. It works, too.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Barnaby's computer has a folder entitled "{{Ouroboros}}" which contains the news clipping of his parents' death. The news clipping itself states that his parents were in fact famed robot engineers.]]
** At the end of Episode 5 when a presumable bad guy throws away a newspaper that contains references to earlier episodes.
** Also in Episode 10, we see that Mr. Legend was the one who captured the person who killed Barnaby's parents.
** Look very carefully- Yuri's research on Kotetsu and Barnaby in the end of Episode 8 reveals, among other things, when Kotetsu made his debut and that he used to be a lot more successful. All of this is in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish.
** Though only partially visible, Samantha's [[http://i.imgur.com/VjBCZ.jpg photo album]] in Episode 20 contains a picture of Barnaby from his swimwear photoshoot. ''In his Speedos''.
** As Kotetsu leaves the bar after talking to Ben in Episode 16, on the big screen behind them you see the the scene where Kotetsu's powers run out in Episode 1 which relates to [[spoiler: their discussion of Kotetsu's powers going on the decline]].
** A magazine shot in Episode 21 indicates that someone managed to get ''Lunatic'' to [[http://i53.tinypic.com/2duxpwp.jpg sit down for an interview]].
** A close look at the foreground at the end of Episode 2 shows that [[http://thisissternbild.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/null-mp4_snapshot_04-41_2011-07-16_13-25-35.jpg Kotetsu is a Bob Marley fan]].
** [[http://i52.tinypic.com/qnl0l0.png Maverick's profile on Barnaby]] from Episode 23 raises the question of exactly how messed up [[spoiler: Barnaby's memories]] really are, and how big a bastard [[spoiler: Maverick]] really is.
** Masayuki Ozaki confirms that the animators have a tendency to sneak in various real-world items for their own amusement (whereas Ozaki himself is responsible for some [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed minor characters' suspicious resemblance to real-life actors]]). The most infamous of these is Kotetsu's cologne, the discovery of which [[TheRedStapler triggered a major spike of its sales]].
** A short shot in the eleventh episode hints at one of the major reveals in the second half of the series: [[spoiler:Jake doesn't have an Ouroboros tattoo on his hand, meaning he can't be the killer Barnaby remembers.]]
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: Outside the city, granted, but Kotetsu's family live in a small town that's ethnically based on rural Japanese villages.
* FriendlyRival: Despite the competitive nature of the show and the fact that the heroes acknowledge that they're indeed rivals, they remain friendly to each other and are willing to collaborate if the situation calls for it. Or when they want to throw a surprise birthday party for someone...
** Made all the more obvious with the [[spoiler: bomb dilemma in Episode 24]].
* FriendshipMoment: [[spoiler: It takes quite a long time, but Tiger and Barnaby end Episode 13 on FirstNameBasis, with Tiger believing that Barnaby would trust him enough to take his advice without thinking too much.]]
* FromBadToWorse: Episode 20 onwards. Because it wasn't enough that [[spoiler:Kotetsu's powers are fading, Kaede is mad at him again, his partner's having a breakdown and hates him too...then nobody remembers who he is and he's being accused of murdering Barnaby's old housekeeper]].
** As of Episode 23, [[spoiler: a ZigZaggingTrope. Kotetsu's powers kinda work, his daughter comes running to rescue him, Barnaby is doing a little better and...the other heroes have been given a DistressBall by Maverick.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual NEXT]] is short for '''N'''oted '''E'''ntities with e'''X'''traordinary '''T'''alents.
* GatlingGood: The mecha in Episode 6 has two, a large one as the right arm and a smaller one on the right shoulder. The mecha used by [[spoiler:the Ouroboros]] in Episode 10 also have them, which Kotetsu manages to take advantage of.
* GeekyTurnOn: In the Drama CD, Tomoe starts hitting it off with Kotetsu when she realizes that he was just as much of a superhero/Hero TV fan as she was. She even helped him pick out his code name.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Subverted. The ArmourPiercingSlap Kotetsu gives Barnaby during the latter's angry tirade in Episode 19 does not produce positive results.
* GooGooGodlike: The Mayor's son, Sam, is a perfect example of why powerful psychic abilities shouldn't be given to a baby. But he ''is'' pretty good at defending himself when it really matters...
* GoryDiscretionShot: The murder of [[spoiler:[[AssholeVictim The Ladykiller]]]] in Episode 16 and, more tragically, the murder of [[spoiler:Samantha]] in Episode 20.
* GratuitousEnglish: By and large the series is known for its SurprisinglyGoodEnglish, but the episode names can be an example; they're actually English-language proverbs. In the preview for Ep. 5, Kotetsu lampshades this by complaining that he doesn't understand the title of the next episode. Most of the time he can't read them at all -- [[FridgeLogic even though he's supposed to speak English just fine]].
** In the dubbed version this is tweaked to him just not being able to deliver the titles as eloquently as they are originally, which arguably works for his character.
** Episode 8 prominently features the phrase "Let's believe HEROES".
** Episode 20 has a picture of Barnaby in Samantha's scrapbook with "Conglaturations" written on it.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler:Maverick to Barnaby in Episode 19. The answer was "yes" -- and though this made matters much worse for Kotetsu, it did help Barnaby on the long run.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Maverick killed Barnaby Brooks Sr. and his wife Emily]] because they discovered [[spoiler:his allegiance to Ouroboros]].
** As of Episode 20 [[spoiler:Maverick is out to eliminate Kotetsu]].
** In Episode 23 [[spoiler:after Barnaby regains his memories, Maverick decides to get rid of him as well]].
* HeroAcademy[=/=]SuperheroSchool: Ivan and Barnaby are graduates of the same one.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: The titular characters. Given that the show is about American-style superheroes, this makes sense.
* HeroicBSOD: Karina has a comedic one after discovering Kotetsu was married and has a kid.
-->'''Antonio:''' Hey, Blue Rose, help us out!\\
'''Karina:''' Daughter... Wife... Haha. Hahaha... *[[TwitchyEye eye twitch]]*\\
'''Antonio:''' It's no good. She's cracking up!
** In a less comedic version: [[spoiler:Barnaby does not take the revelation that Jake ''didn't'' kill his parents very well]].
* HeroicRROD: [[spoiler:There's rare cases of NEXT gaining a sudden boost in their abilities before they gradually fade away. Ben Jackson's afraid that this might be happening to Kotetsu.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Subverted by Kotetsu in Episode 25, owing to Barnaby (and everyone else) forgetting to check his pulse before declaring him dead.]]
* HeroInsurance: Averted. The sponsors are billed for the destruction their heroes cause, explaining why [[DestructiveSaviour Kotetsu]] starts out as one of the lowest-budget supers.
* HerosFirstRescue: A variation in Episode 4, as [[spoiler:the burning oil-drilling site rescue didn't inspire Blue Rose ''into'' superheroics so much as it convinced her not to give it up]].
* HesDeadJim: [[spoiler:Subverted. Kotetsu's a little annoyed that the other heroes didn't bother to look for signs of life before deciding to mourn him.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: It takes an unusually long time considering the length of the anime, but they do get there eventually.
** As of Ep. 13, after spending a good part of 12 episodes refusing to trust Kotetsu, [[FirstNameBasis Barnaby finally acknowledges the fact himself.]] By series end, he outright states that he considers himself Kotetsu's partner for life.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Kotetsu met Tomoe in high school.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Jake is ultimately defeated when he attacks Tiger while hanging from a rope, damaging Kriem's helicopter in the process... [[DroppedABridgeOnHim which lands on him and kills him]].]]
* HourOfPower: Kotetsu and Barnaby's shared superpower, called ''Hundred Power'', is to increase their physical capabilities by a hundredfold for a maximum of five minutes - they need to wait an hour before they can use it again.
* HumongousMecha: Kotetsu gets attacked by a heavily-armed mecha of unknown origin in Episode 6. [[spoiler:It may have something to do with Ouroboros.]]
** [[spoiler: The army of Mecha that show up in Episode 10 are definitely the property of Ouroboros.]]
* ICanStillFight: [[spoiler:Kotetsu gets out of his hospital bed and insists on helping the other heroes deal with the mechas positioned around the city columns. Blue Rose has to talk him out of of it, and he goes off to help Barnaby instead.]]
* IconicOutfit: Fans have taken a liking to the "[[FanNickname crapsuit]]" from the first episode, especially once [[spoiler:Kotetsu broke it back out in Episode 21]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All episode titles are English proverbs.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Lunatic makes a habit of this.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: In Episode 21 and the earlier part of Episode 22, it's [[spoiler: Kotetsu vs. all the heroes]] thanks to [[spoiler: Maverick's mental manipulations]].
** In tail end of Episode 22 and the first half of 23, [[spoiler: it's Kotetsu vs. Barnaby]].
* ImageSong: Kotetsu/Barnaby have two each and two duets together. Blue Rose has two of her own and the rest of the heroes (minus Fire Emblem) have their own character songs. There is also one for Lunatic and a duet with Ben and Saito.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Provided the targeting systems for the Ouroboros mechas.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: One of the criminals from Episode 7 wields a ''medieval broadsword''. [[spoiler: Since it was a staged show, though, [[AvertedTrope he probably had no idea how to use it]].]]
* IndirectKiss: Invoked in Episode 14 when the backstage thief who crossdresses as Blue Rose considers using her lipstick.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Once the backstage thief finds out how bad the security is, he had no choice but to start sneaking in and stealing stuff.
* IntangibleMan: Lunatic. [[spoiler: Unsure if this was intentional, or a case of QUALITY, but in Episode 16 Lunatic just vanishes through an overpass in a burst of blue/green flame. In that same episode he phases through a wall to enter a strip club to administer his "justice" to the Lady Killer. The wall sustained no damage.]]
* TheInternetIsForPorn: When Barnaby hides something on his monitor from the camera that follows him around, the director of Hero TV thinks he's hiding his online PornStash. He even asks for recommendations, much to Barnaby's amusement.
* InvisibleJerkass: The backstage thief.
* {{Irony}}: In the New Type Ace manga, Barnaby's inner thoughts describe Kotetsu as having faulty memory. [[spoiler:Ironic in that it's Barnaby who suffers from having extensive editing done to his memory.]]
* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Keith's groceries in Episode 15 had not one, but two protruding baguettes, and the greens of some carrots. There's an apple in there that he gives away as well, but it's not visible.
* ISurrenderSuckers: The Lady Killer tries one on [[spoiler: Lunatic, with predictable results]].
* JetPack: The villains in Episode 5 have them.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler:Maverick]] is very quick to explain his plans, [[spoiler:his murder of Barnaby's parents]], and how Ouroboros fits into everything when confronted by Barnaby...[[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope in order to keep him busy until the drugs he put in his drink kick in. Then comes the memory wipe]]]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: L-P]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Maverick's power as a NEXT, as well as replacing memories.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: How Kotetsu discovers the fundamental unwiseness of littering with a BananaPeel.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: In-series example -- Barnaby decides to make his Hero TV debut on the last episode of the season in order to make a strong impression.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Doesn't the mayor look like a [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama certain recent president]]?
* LayeredMetropolis: Sternbild City ([[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Which is definitely not Manhattan. At all.]]) is divided into 5 levels, counting the ground. It's also a decidedly non-grimdark example in that while it has several characteristics that would be required of a Cyperpunk example, such as having corrupt officials, MegaCorp running rampant, and advanced technology, it is an idealistic show. So Sternbild's slight {{Bizarrchitecture}} is played for awesome.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: After Barnaby first shows up, Agnes demands that they cut to commercial. Cue the ''real'' commercial break, which features Blue Rose. Expect to be confused.
* LightningCanDoAnything: The villain of Episode 15 is [[spoiler: an android driven to attack heroes due to electrical damage]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Pretty much all the recurring characters (even Blue Rose) has one of these.
* MagicCountdown: Kotetsu and Barnaby's Apollon Media hero suits make this in the last 5 seconds of their power duration.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The bad guys in Episodes 1 and 4. Also in Kotetsu's flashback when he met Mr. Legend.
** The carjacker in Episode 4 had an open mouth long-eared pig mask.
** In Episode 5 [[spoiler:Karina, Antonio, Nathan, and Keith as the boss, pretended to be [[BlatantBurglar burglars]] to surprise Barnaby for his birthday. The former three had black ski masks while the latter was InTheHood with SunglassesAtNight.]]
*** Averted for Pauly's butler-looking henchmen.
* ManHug: Kotetsu gives one to Saito upon discovering that [[spoiler:he remembers him]]. Saito is understandably confused.
* ManlyTears: Episode 17 shows [[spoiler: Kotetsu]] weeping on three separate occasions, and only twice but for much longer in Ep. 23.
** And in Episode 19 Barnaby cries a ''lot''.
* MarionetteMaster: Tony, the NEXT kid in Episode 2. He was controlling the Steel Hammer and Helperidese Finance's Lion statues from Episodes 1 and 2.
** Kriem, the Ouroboros NEXT from Episodes 10-13, controls an army of Mad Bear toys by connecting a strand of her hair to each one.
* MeaningfulEcho: "I want to save people in trouble. Isn't that enough of a reason?"
** In Episode 23: [[spoiler:"The name is Barnaby, not Bunny!"]]
* MerchandiseDriven: Double subverted and played straight. Many of the heroes' costumes advertise companies that don't sell products related to the show at all. Sunrise did churn out a mountain of merchandise for the show after it became a hit, but none of it is aggressively advertised within the the show. Played straight in that some costumes advertise Bandai and its related branches, which release merchandise like the Figuart line.
** There's a [[http://www.pepsi.co.jp/tigerandbunny/menu.html Pepsi subpage]], though.
* TheMenInBlack: [[spoiler:Maverick]] has several on his payroll.
* MindOverMatter: Wielded by Sam, the mayor's ''infant'' son.
* MindRape: In the second half of the series, Barnaby Brooks Jr. suffers this twice at the hands of [[spoiler:his Parental Substitute, Albert Maverick, who has the power of creating Fake Memories;]] though it's hinted that it has happened quite a few times prior to the beginning of the series as well. [[spoiler:Later, Maverick mindrapes the other heroes via first erasing their memories of Kotetsu, then making them believe he's a murderer.]]
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: [[spoiler:Jake is absolutely furious when Wild Tiger of all heroes manages to land a hit on him -- while powered down, no less. In retaliation, he beats down Tiger so badly that he has to be rushed to the ICU immediately.]]
* MiniMecha: What a criminal piloted in Episode 6.
* MissionControl: Agnes and the Hero TV crew serve as this for the heroes of Sternbild.
* MonochromeCasting: Deliberately and carefully averted, [[WordOfGod according to Ozaki]].
* MonsterProtectionRacket: [[spoiler:Maverick is collaborating with Ouroboros on one of these.]]
* MostCommonSuperpower: Blue Rose, and damn if her company isn't going to make sure everyone knows it.
** Subverted, as apparently they're fake and she uses padding to make them seem larger than they actually are.
* MrFanservice: Let's see. You have Kotetsu ({{Adorkable}}), Barnaby ({{Megane}} {{Bishonen}}), Keith (NiceGuy), Yuri (PrettyBoy), Ivan (ShrinkingViolet), Antonio (RatedMForManly), and even Nathan (WholesomeCrossdresser, if you're into that). Oh, yes - this show aims to please.
* MultinationalTeam: While competitors rather than a proper team, the Hero TV superheroes run the gamut of Japanese (Kotetsu/Wild Tiger), Hispanic of possible Mexican descent (Antonio/Rock Bison), Russian (Ivan/Origami Cyclone), Chinese (Pao-Lin/Dragon Kid), and [[AllAmericanFace ridiculously American]] (Keith/Sky High).
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: When Viz announced that their target market for this show were [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/news/2011-06-04/viz-named-n-american-licensor-of-tiger-and-bunny-merchandise 14-25 year old males]] fangirls [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=262296&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 laughed at them with derision]]. Then Kotetsu's seiyuu, Creator/HiroakiHirata, revealed that his character was intended to appeal to 40-year-old men.
** According to the producers the show was specifically designed to be enjoyed by working adults who may still read manga but don't watch anime anymore for various reasons, and may be interested in foreign (mostly American) TV series.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Kotetsu, after breaking the trust Barnaby had in him by not offering him the same courtesy during an important mission.]]
-->'''Kotetsu:''' You're right about that. I kept trying to convince him we were a team - but in the end, [[spoiler:''I'' was the one who didn't trust him.]]
* MySuitIsAlsoSuper: In the second episode the maker of Wild Tiger's new suit showed Kotetsu side by side comparison tests of both the new and old. The new one was shown to be fireproof, chainsaw-proof, and can expand better than the old one.
* NameAndName: The title of the show.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Good Luck Mode, Wild Tiger gets a PowerFist and Barnaby gets an [[ArmedLegs Armed Leg]]. [[spoiler:Subverted, as it does absolutely nothing to enhance their powers. Doc Saito just put it in the suits because [[RuleOfCool he thought it looked cool.]]]]
* NextTierPowerUp: Subverted and parodied. [[spoiler: The "Good Luck Mode" Kotetsu and Barnaby receive in Episode 5 gives an auto-mod to their suits that lasts for three seconds. However, as Doc Saito informs them after they seemingly put it to use, it doesn't do anything [[RuleOfCool except make them look cooler]].]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: When meeting Kaede for the first time, Sky High good-naturedly puts his hand on her shoulder. In doing so he ends up transferring his NEXT power to her, making her lose the memory-manipulation ability she got from Maverick -- meaning Barnaby's true memories couldn't be restored. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since no-one knew about this little setback until then.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: When Mr. Maverick and Kaede meet, he pats her on the head--unwittingly transferring his power to her.]]
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Sternbild looks an awful lot like New York, even having similar statues. WordOfGod says it was in fact based on Manhattan.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Barnaby's [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a291/Cusashorn/MichaelKeatonTigerBunny.jpg father is]] Creator/MichaelKeaton and [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a291/Cusashorn/MichellePfeifferTigerBunny.jpg his mother is]] Creator/MichellePfeiffer.
** Karina's/Blue Rose's boss is [[http://thisissternbild.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/null-mp4_snapshot_02-33_2011-07-16_13-21-59.jpg Robert Downey Jr]].
** Also her teacher is [[http://thisissternbild.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/null-mp4_snapshot_02-49_2011-07-16_13-22-18.jpg Steven Spielberg]].
** Kotetsu's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ben_1941.jpg former boss]] [[http://www.nndb.com/people/833/000025758/fw3.jpg looks like]] Forest Whitaker.
** The card-collecting kid that lost his balloon is [[http://i52.tinypic.com/fuvqxc.jpg Macaulay Culkin]].
** Barnaby's old housekeeper, Samantha, may or may not be based on [[http://www.madebyotherpeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/mrs-doubtfire.jpg Mrs. Doubtfire]] (Robin Williams). The implication is very hilarious if you think about it.
** There's been suspicions on both sides of the pond that Antonio was modeled off of [[http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/39/antonioantonio.png/ a certain other Antonio]].
** The mayor is rather obviously Creator/BarackObama.
** Mario is Harold Ramis during the Ghostbusters era.
** Keith [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lryimsXAQe1r1e8rso1_500.jpg looks a lot like a blond]] Creator/TomCruise.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Jake to Tiger.]] It was so bad that ''Agnes'' of all people wanted to stop it from airing.
** Kotetsu and Barnaby were well on their way to getting one courtesy of [[spoiler:Cis in Episode 15 - at least before Sky High showed up to save the day]].
* NoYou: In the English dub:
--> '''Sky High:''' YOU don't try anything funny or else!
* TheNoseKnows: The main powers of the criminal group featured in Episode 9. Mary can smell money, Lily can smell [[LivingLieDetector lies]], and Elly can smell [[SpiderSense danger]].
* NotSoDifferent: Most episodes show us that Kotetsu and Barnaby aren't really all that different. Kotetsu even remarks on this during Hero TV's documentary on Barnaby at the end of Episode 3 -- but whether or not that was one of Agnes' ideas or his own opinion is left open to interpretation.
* OCStandIn: [[spoiler:Fake Wild Tiger/HN-01]] despite only appearing in a few episodes, has inspired the fandom to create a more humanized version called [[spoiler: Ebitetsu]]. [[spoiler:Sporting PaletteSwap versions of Kotetsu's outfit and his hat pulled down to obscure his eyes]] he appears in truckloads of fanart, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntjWQ8bHw78&feature=related fancreated]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04WU3_chZ7g&feature=related MMDs]] and even doujinshi.
* OddCouple: Kotetsu is laid-back, friendly and emotional, and takes his job of protecting citizens very seriously. Barnaby is somewhat uptight (he relentlessly uses {{Keigo}} with Kotetsu), reserved, and has little enthusiasm towards the idea of fighting evil.
* OfficialCosplayGear: So far, Kotetsu's hat and wristwatch, Barnaby's jacket and belt, and even shirts that resemble the duo's power suits have been sold.
* OffModel: Towards the middle of the series the art becomes less polished (just take a look at Barnaby in [[http://i.imgur.com/F2aWM.jpg Episode 8]] and Eps. 11-14); but from Episode 15 onwards things seem to go back to normal, and [[AnimationBump the last few episodes are particularly well-drawn and animated]].
** Most of the art/animation problems were fixed in the BD/DVD versions.
* OffscreenInertia: Episode 15 uses this one, ending with [[spoiler:Keith still patiently waiting to meet the girl he fell for, unaware that she was the robot he'd destroyed the night before]].
* OhCrap: The end of Episode 11 [[spoiler: when Jake Martinez makes it apparent that he knows he's talking to a disguised Origami Cyclone]].
** The end of Episodes 12, 19, 20, and 24.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: Kriem barely looks a day over twenty-three, but was around fourteen or fifteen twenty years ago when Jake kidnapped her.]] She's probably Kotetsu's age, if not older.
* OnTheNext: But of course. They're narrated alternately by Kotetsu and Barnaby, and also contain tidbits of info about our two heroes' personal quirks.
* OneWomanWail: The ominous operatic theme that plays during Barnaby's flashbacks to his parents' murder.
* {{Ouroboros}}: The show's version of the symbol is a snake with a Spade-shaped eye and a blade passing through its body. [[spoiler:This is the tattoo mark found on people belonging to the secret organization of the same name.]] The Ouroboros was removed from the [[spoiler:Stern Dollar]] for the DVD/BD release. It was supposed to be a very common image (the meaning and origins of which most people are unaware) -- much like the US Dollar's Eye of Providence.
* ParentsAsPeople: Kotetsu is a single father who loves his daughter dearly but due to his job, he can't spend as much time as he wants with her. Because he loves her and wants to have a better relationship with her, he's prone to making well-meaning but rash promises which he often turns out to be unable to keep.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Kotetsu's unwillingness to admit that [[spoiler:his powers are declining]] causes a lot of easily avoidable misunderstandings.
* PostVictoryCollapse: [[spoiler:Kotetsu makes a point of casually getting dressed and waltzing out of his hospital room after (partially) healing his wounds with his Hundred Power. The moment he's out of sight of the other heroes, he nearly collapses in pain.]]
* PoweredArmor
* PowerCopying: [[spoiler:Kaede.]]
* PowersDoTheFighting: One of the villains Jake Martinez has an [[SuperpowerLottery extremely versatile]] power of creating barriers, which allows him to be unfazed by even the most powerful attacks, and can be used just as powerfully offensively. Because of these abilities, he never has to put any effort into fighting, which means that [[MinorInjuryOverreaction he can't handle it when he receives even the slightest injury]].
* PowerGlows: When the heroes activate their powers. Their eyes also glow blue, regardless of their original color.
** Also parts of Kotetsu and Barnaby's suits glow when their powers are active.
* PowerOfTrust: A frequently recurring theme.
* ProductPlacement: Played straight ''and'' lampshaded, with real-life sponsors such as Pepsi, [=UStream=], Bandai or [=SoftBank=].
-->'''Jackson:''' You do understand who made you a hero, don't ya pal?\\
'''Kotetsu:''' By sponsors, sir!\\
'''Jackson:''' Good answer!
* ThePromise: [[spoiler:Tomoe's last request to Kotetsu was for him to continue his work as a hero after her death]].
* PunchClockHero: Surprisingly averted. Despite their positions as [[CorporateSponsoredSuperhero corporate employees]], all of the heroes are in the business because they genuinely want to help people.
* PuzzleBoss: [[spoiler: Jake Martinez]], definitely.
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* RandomlyGifted: Heredity seems to have little or nothing to do with being a NEXT.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Both Wild Tiger and Barnaby fought this way against the villain of Episode 5. Tiger with his fists and Barnaby with his legs.
* ReactiveContinuousScream: Occurs between Kotetsu and a pig-masked carjacker in Episode 4.
* RealityEnsues: As [[spoiler:Maverick]] discovers, it's not that easy to successfully {{Unperson}} someone and even more difficult to actually make it stick. The attempt to do so to [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] fails on multiple levels due to not accounting for family, friends, and professional connections, let alone [[spoiler:Lunatic]] having done enough previous research to immediately smell a rat.
* RealityShow: [[ShowWithinAShow Hero TV!]]
* RecurringExtra: A girl with a scarf and a fox-backpack who [[http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/2016/scarftan.jpg appears in several episodes]], sometimes dubbed [[FanNickname "Scarf-tan"]] by fans. She was even added to a scene in the BluRay release.
** She has speaking lines in [[spoiler:Episodes 7, 10 and 22]].
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Not the characters, but their sponsors. The companies which act as the heroes' primary affiliates are named after figures of Greek mythology and legend. (Apollon Media, Poseidon Line, Kronos Foods, Titan Industry, Helios Energy, Odysseus Communication, Helperides Finance.)
** One could argue that Lunatic's "sponsor" is Thanatos, as he has stated that he only obeys his word.
* RedOniBlueOni: Kotetsu is the red, Barnaby the blue, though their color-coding does not match their roles.
* RememberThatYouTrustMe: There's a lot of back-and-forth of this nature between Kotetsu and Barnaby.
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: Played with. When Kotetsu keeps bugging Barnaby about what he wants for his birthday, Barnaby points to an incredibly valuable diamond necklace just to shut him up. Said necklace somehow winds up on a crook Kotetsu hands off to him as a "present".
-->'''Barnaby:''' You honestly believed me when I said I wanted that diamond. I can't accept stolen property.\\
'''Kotetsu:''' Not that. What I meant was I'll give you the arrest. After all I know how much you love points.
* RunningGag: Kotetsu being unable to properly pronounce any of the titles during episode previews.
* SayingTooMuch[=/=]INeverToldYouMyName: [[spoiler: Kotetsu figures out Jake Martinez's [[{{Telepathy}} second power]] due to these two factors.]] Averted by the former in Episode 13 when he gives Barnaby [[spoiler: [[ObfuscatingStupidity some false information]] as part of a BatmanGambit to finish Jake off]].
* ScarySurpriseParty: [[spoiler:Tiger and the other heroes try to pull a variation of this for Barnaby's birthday.]] Needless to say it doesn't quite go as planned.
* TheScream: Wild Tiger did this [[spoiler:when most of the criminals died]] in Episode 7.
* SecretIdentity: All the heroes, except for [[OvertOperative Barnaby]].
* SensualSpandex: Underneath the armour, Kotetsu, Barnaby, Keith, and Ivan wear form-fitting body suits. Not that we're complaining.
* SerialKiller: Benoit Depardieu.
* SeriousBusiness: Kotetsu and Antonio have a boxing match in Drama CD 6. Why? Because Kotetsu supposedly ate Antonio's pudding.
** And Sky High working so hard to memorize his lines for Barnaby's birthday surprise.
* SceneryPorn: The night view of Sternbild City is beautiful and the creators won't let you forget it.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:The Ouroboros symbol appearing on a Stern dollar in the epilogue of Ep. 25]] is the major one.
** [[spoiler:Both protagonists coming out of their TenMinuteRetirement and joining the Second League Heroes counts too.]]
* SexySecretary: Fire Emblem (of all people) has one.
** She could be quite useful for him. [[FridgeLogic If a man shows no reaction to her whatsoever, he might bat for the other team like Emblem himself does.]]
* ShipSinking: The creators' statement that Karina's crush on Kotetsu was meant to be portrayed as unreasonable should, in theory, have sunk said ship. Not that it actually did anything to deter fans of the pairing, of course.
* ShirtlessScene:
** Episode 3 - Barnaby doesn't bother dressing himself after a shower
** Episode 9 - Kotetsu takes of his shirt for an injury and just kind of forgets to put it back on.
** Episode 13 - Kotetsu spends almost half the episode wearing nothing but boxers and bandages.
** Episode 15 - Lloyds decides to sign Barnaby up for another modeling shoot. For speedos.
** Episode 16 - Yuri gets a ShowerScene and apparently doesn't know how to button his shirt.
** Episode [[spoiler:24 and 25]] - [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] gets his [[ClothingDamage armor and about half of his undersuit obliterated]]. He appears to neither notice nor care in the least that he's exposed from collar to pelvis.
* ShoutOut:
** Heroes [[Franchise/SpiderMan swinging from buildings]]. Which makes a lot more sense what with Sternbild's unique architecture.
** Tiger's armor (and Barnaby to a lesser extent) take some design cues from ComicBook/IronMan.
** A few possible ones to Franchise/{{Batman}}:
*** Karina Lyle (Blue Rose) sounds dangerously close to Selina Kyle (A.K.A. Catwoman).
*** The magazine that Kotetsu is reading at the beginning of Episode 18 includes a picture of a {{PaletteSwap}}ped version of ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.
*** [[spoiler: All of the clown-like imagery used by Ouroboros appears to be one to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. A random {{Mook}} who takes a girl hostage with a gun looks like him as well.]]
*** [[spoiler: The relationship between Jake and Kriem is reminiscent of the relationship between The Joker and Harley Quinn, right down to Kriem's red-and-black outfit with a playing card theme.]]
*** The bank in Kotetsu's flashback in Episode 2 is [[http://thisissternbild.com/2011/07/16/easter-eggs-in-tb-fanvideo-translated/ similar to the one]] at the beginning of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
** The comparison between Tiger's old and new armor is akin to a similar scene in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
** Pao-Lin's clothes when she's out of costume (as seen in the intro and Episode 9) look rather like those of another [[Film/KillBill short-haired blonde martial arts expert]]. The shoutout goes even earlier than that, to [[Creator/BruceLee another very famous Chinese martial artist...]]
** Episode 15 is a shout-out to Fritz Lang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''; the scientist is named Rotwang and there are homages to the android transformation effects.
*** The robot that [[spoiler: Barnaby's parents]] are seen working on in this episode looks like [[Series/LostInSpace Robby the Robot]].
** Sternbild's Phone Company logo is the old Creator/DCComics logo with the letters SB instead of DC.
** Rock Bison's eyepiece is the same shape as [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger MagiGreen's.]]
** H-01's eye visor is very similar to [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Kamen Rider Tiger's]], appropriately enough.
** [[spoiler: Barnaby's backstory]] mirrors that of the 1989 Film/{{Batman}} movie.
* ShowWithinAShow: Hero TV.
* ShutUpHannibal: In Episode 23 [[spoiler: when Dr. Rotwang tells the captured heroes his androids will take the place of [=NEXTs=] as the people's heroes they give him one collectively.]]
* SigilSpam: To be expected, given the premise.
* SkyscraperCity: Sternbild is so tall it has been divided into levels.
* SkywardScream: Kotetsu in Episode 7 [[spoiler: when he and Rock Bison realise the criminal he's giving CPR to can't be revived]].
* SlaveToPR: Pretty much all the heroes who appear on Hero TV are subject to this, though some play it up more than others.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: It's difficult to pinpoint where exactly the series lies on the scale. On one hand, the series celebrates idealistic old-fashioned heroism through Kotetsu. Though it does acknowledge the cynical side through character like Lunatic as well as a number of revelations -- [[spoiler:(Hero TV being in league with Ouroboros for instance)]] -- that criticize superhero tropes.
* SlidingScaleOfLivingToys: The Mad Bears are Level 4.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Anime/TheBigO'' - similiar western themes, SceneryPorn, basically does with entire western superhero concept what Big O does with Batman.
* SplitScreenReaction: Kotetsu and Barnaby get one in Episode 12 when [[spoiler:Jake picks out their cards one after the other]].
** They have another one when they are nearly crushed by a stone statue in Episode 2.
* TheStinger: Most of the episodes have them. They either allude to things that happened or leads to something in future episodes.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Blue Rose's costume. Lampshaded a bit in the first episode, where it's shown that her costume is more useful for attracting the MaleGaze than it is for blocking bullets. The group of female NEXT criminals in Episode 9 definitely count as well.
** In one of the manga anthology stories, Nathan decides that Kotetsu could use a change of wardrobe. The results are... ''[[http://24.media.tumblr.com/ffb096767ac962f552ad2224c59a1f9c/tumblr_mrjyzvJquJ1r4aqcpo1_500.jpg special]]''.
* SuckingInLines: The android guns in the final episode suddenly need to charge up...you know, just for dramatic effect.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: One of them, anyway (Fire Emblem). Tiger also used to wear one, before he was transferred to Apollon Media and got a new, modern suit.
* SuperpowerLottery: Jake Martinez double-dipped and got two winning tickets, having [[spoiler: both the power to [[BarrierWarrior project force-fields]] and {{Telepathy}}]].
** [[spoiler: Kaede can [[PowerCopying mimic the powers of other NEXT]].]]
** Subverted when Tiger, Barnaby and Origami Cyclone visit a HeroAcademy for NEXT; it's made very apparent that most NEXT abilities are fairly useless. So naturally, out of the few thousand NEXT only a very small percentage become heroes (or villains, for that matter).
*** It's also worth noting that amongst the eight Hero TV heroes, at least half of them [[note]] Kotetsu grew up in Oriental Town, Ivan is Russian who apparently immigrated to Sternbild at a young age, Antonio is identified as being from "The West Coast", and Pao-Lin is from China[[/note]] (and possibly as many as all eight) aren't originally from Sternbild.
* SuperRegistrationAct: Is shown to be in full effect. It doesn't really cause problems for anyone, since Sternbild uses the "too reasonable to ever actually show up in comics" version H of the law.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Most of the show's written text is in clear, comprehensible, and grammatically-correct English, in keeping with the rather Western superhero theme.[[note]] Before the show was aired Creator/VizMedia was handed the original text and was told to accurately translate into grammatically correct English.[[/note]]
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Kotetsu takes one of Lunatic's firebolts for Barnaby in Episode 8. It doesn't kill him (he was powered up at the time), but it does require a visit to the hospital in an ambulance]].
* TautologicalTemplar: Lunatic, in that he honestly thinks that to achieve true justice, all criminals -- and those who shield and/or support them -- must die. This clashes with Sternbild's laws, which frown on the concept of capital punishment.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The fundamental divide between Barnaby and Kotetsu. It's subverted in-universe because the Technician is the one who's more popular with Hero TV fans; but among the real-world T&B fandom the trope works in its typical fashion - with the Performer being the more popular of the two.
* TechnicolorFire: Fire Emblem has red-orange-yellow flames. Lunatic, meanwhile, has green-blue flames.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Kotetsu and Barnaby, though only in Episodes 1-8. From Ep. 9 onwards they get along remarkably better, and by Ep. 14 they're perfectly willing partners.
* TemptingFate: When Barnaby and Kotetsu are sent to deal with an auto theft, Kotetsu wonders why they're being called in when [[HoldingOutForAHero this is something the police should easily be able to handle]]. He gets his answer mid-dialogue:
-->'''Kotetsu:''' Us heroes should be fighting real bad guys, ya know. Like guys with machine guns, "Badadadadadadada--"\\
'''''BOOM!'''''\\
'''Kotetsu:''' Eh?
** And in Episode 10:
--->'''Barnaby:''' [[spoiler:Jake Martinez]]'s sentence is 250 years. I don't think he's going anywhere soon.
*** [[spoiler: Two minutes later, Ouroboros is announcing that they're taking the entire city of Sternbild hostage to ensure Jake's release.]]
* TenderTears: [[spoiler:Both Kotetsu and Barnaby cry these at the end of Episode 24.]]
* TheMovie: Two movies, first "Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning" premiered in September '12 and it's purpose was to introduce new masses into the franchise with a partial recap of the first two episodes and a complete new story in the second half which chronologically takes place before episode three. "Tiger and Bunny: The Rising", scheduled for February 2014 is an entirely new animated project and a sequel to the TV series.
* TheyFightCrime: Pretty much the whole point of the series.
* ThoseTwoGirls: Karina's high school friends, Emily and Jane.
* ThouShaltNotKill: The main conflict between Lunatic and the heroes.
* TimeBomb: Used in Episode 3 as the major threat.
** WireDilemma: Lampshaded by Kotetsu about how cliché it is. [[spoiler: Fortunately for him and Barnaby, they know how to [[TakeAThirdOption take care of]] [[RelocatingTheExplosion explosive situations in a pinch]].]]
* TimeSkip: Ten months between Episodes 13 and 14.
** And a whole year in Episode 25.
* TitleDrop: At the end of the countdown of Good Luck Mode and when they simultaneously hit the villain.
-->'''ComputerVoice:''' Tiger & Bunny. Over and Out!
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The show's two female superheroes, Dragon Kid (Tomboy) and Blue Rose (Girly Girl).
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Lady Killer]] for not knowing [[VigilanteMan Lunatic]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil doesn't take prisoners]].
* TransformationSequence: In Episode 5 both Wild Tiger and Barnaby have a mechanical sequence in the BaseOnWheels.
* TranslationConvention: Since the series does take place in a futuristic Manhattan, most of the characters are assumed to be speaking English instead of Japanese. This is supported by the fact that all of the text/signs/writing is written in English, despite Kotetsu's comical inability to understand or pronounce the episode titles.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Lunatic's power manifested when he tried to stop his father from beating his mother.
* TronLines: Light up on Kotetsu and Barnaby's suits whenever they tap into their powers.
* TrueCompanions: The heroes are starting to become this. Outright stated by Kotetsu in Episode 21, and proven by them in Episode 24.
* TwentyMinutesInTheFuture: Inverted, the series takes place in an AlternateUniverse of the 70s but with futuristic technology and architecture.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The opening scene of Episode 3 is a textbook example, which ends with Kotetsu carelessly removing his headplate to more effectively rag on Barnaby, only to get headshotted by a (virtual) sniper for his efforts.
* VagueAge: With the exception of Barnaby (23-26), Kaede (9-11), Pao-Lin (13-15), Ivan (18-20) and Karina (16-18), nobody in the series has a set age.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Subverted when Barnaby takes revenge on Jake for killing his parents. Instead of feeling empty, he now feels free to live life for himself. [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted when it turns out that Jake wasn't responsible. Barnaby has a HeroicBSOD when he finds out.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: In Episode 12, [[spoiler:Jake Martinez]] does not take it well at all when [[spoiler:Kotetsu, the Hero he spent the entire fight mocking as a loser, actually scores a hit (by ''accident'') on him]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Kotetsu]] is the one who suffers for it.
* VirtualTrainingSimulation: Hero TV provides one for the superheroes.
* VisualPun: In Episode 1 when Kotetsu and Antonio are on the phone to each other we see that Kotetsu's name has a picture of a tiger under it on Antonio's phone and Antonio's name has a Bison under it on Kotetsu's.
* WhamEpisode:
** While previous episodes had some foreshadowing, Episode 10 was when [[spoiler: the Ourobouros]] finally revealed themselves to the general public...and what a revelation it was!
** Aaaaaand Episode 12 : [[spoiler:[[CliffHanger "Deep lacerations all over his body! His pulse is dropping -- Stop the bleeding right away! Prepare for a blood transfusion!"]]]]
** Episode 15: After everything looks to finally turn good for Barnaby and Kotetsu [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kotetsu is losing his powers]].
** Episode 16 is pretty much a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of revelations and whamness.
** Episode 19, in which we learn of all kinds of corruption and lies.
** Episode 20 has [[spoiler:Kotetsu erased from his friends's memories and declared a murderer]].
** The end of Episode 24, in which it looks like [[spoiler:we have our first major death of the series...]]
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: The Ouroboros criminal organisation is curiously well-armed -- having helicopters, high-tech firearms, and even a good number of MiniMecha in its arsenal. [[spoiler:This is because Apollon Media's been funding them -- you can't have a superhero show without properly threatening villains, after all.]]
** TheStinger in the final episode suggests something far more sinister. [[spoiler: If you get the Stern dollar wet, the Ouroboros symbol is revealed.]]
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Not every NEXT gets cool powers. Exemplified when Tiger's students are showing off their powers to him. Some powers include: stretching your skin, excessive sweating on a whim, neck-stretching, the ability to cut off your hair instantaneously...Yeah, some people get a pretty shit end of a stick, to say the least.
** Origami views his power this way [[spoiler: though this was disproven in Episodes 11 and 12]].
*** Although, remembering that [[spoiler: Jake Martinez can read minds means that he knew [[TheMole Ivan's true identity]] [[FridgeLogic long before he called him out on it, and even before the audience was informed of the plan,]]]] so the only good thing that came out of his [[spoiler: infiltration was the discovery of how Kriem was controlling the Mechas]].
* WhatTheHellHero: While they are prone to chewing each other out at the best of times, Kotetsu utterly tears into Barnaby over his callous indifference towards the death of three criminals.
-->'''Kotetsu:''' Three men die, doesn't matter who they are. I thought it was our job to ''save'' people's lives ''That's what a hero does!''
** In the twelfth episode, Barnaby returns the favor after [[spoiler:Kotetsu interferes with Barnaby's scouting of Jake's hideout because he thought Barnaby might lose it and try to kill their target]].
--->'''Barnaby:''' I needed you to trust me and you couldn't! I was actually starting to believe I could rely on you as a partner, but I can't put my trust in a partner who doesn't trust me.
** Karina also chews him out when she hears of what he did.
--->'''Karina:''' Are you a total moron?! Jake escaped because you defied Barnaby's request and got in his way. That's not how you treat a teammate!
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Superheroes have a busy schedule, and Kaede is far from pleased. [[spoiler: But their relationship improves greatly once she learns his secret.]]
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Sternbild]]?: Sternbild is practically a brightly lit New York City set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture; the money looks almost exactly like US currency, except with "Sternbild" printed on them ([[spoiler:and bearing the Ouroboros symbol]]), suggesting that it's a LandOfOneCity.
* WingdingEyes: One of the robbers in the opening sequence of the series uses a realistic take on this look with dollar signs on the lenses of his sunglasses.
* WorthyOpponent: It seems like Lunatic views Kotetsu as one. He promises to watch out for him in the future. He even does some research into Tiger's background at the end of Episode 8.
* WrongGenreSavvy: The serial killer who beats on women and is targeted by Lunatic for it thinks his attacker is a hero and has to let him live if he surrenders. Maybe if he actually watched Hero TV...
* XRaySparks: A side effect of Dragon Kid's powers against a criminal with a clown makeup at the beginning of Episode 9.
* YouDidntAsk: Just about everyone who isn't Antonio is amazed to discover Kotetsu has a preteen daughter (''especially'' Karina). He just kinda forgot that he never actually told anyone.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Surprisingly averted, except maybe Pao-Lin, whose natural hair has a greenish tint.
** And Nathan, since we don't know whether he dyes his hair or not...
*** The Rising's flashbacks to his younger days show that his hair is naturally brown.
** Blue Rose ''literally'' has blue hair in her hero costume (even though it's a wig; she's a blonde in real life).
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Dr. Rotwang.]]
* YourCostumeNeedsWork:
** When Kotetsu tries to enter Apollon Media [[spoiler:after he's been {{unperson}}ed]], the security guard assumes he's just a Wild Tiger cosplayer, since look-alikes trying to get into the premises aren't an uncommon phenomenon.
** In Episode 22 [[spoiler: when Kotetsu confronts the other heroes on the roof of the Apollon Media building Rock Bison says he's wearing a cheap imitation suit]].
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