''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5953631/1/The_Key_to_a_Successful_Interview The Key To A Successful Interview Is A Good First Impression!]]'' is a RanmaOneHalf Fic written by The Sage of Toads.

As the {{Trope Codifier}}s of the TakahashiCouple and one of the oldest pairings in web-based fanfiction, Ranma Saotome and Akane Tendo are best known as one of the most violent pairings in anime. The subtle nuances of their relationship have been explored and examined in thousands of fics since the mid 1990s, but in the majority of cases, their relationship remains a case of BelligerentSexualTension.

''Interview'' on the other hand is a SatireParodyPastiche story about what happens when Ranma gets the chance to meet Akane and reveal his curse under nearly-ideal circumstances, allowing them to strike up a functional friendship. Of course they still live in Nerima and Ranma is still going to have to deal with Kuno, Ryouga, and the Fiancee Brigade so it definitely isn't going to ''stay'' ordinary...

It has two [[Main/SpinOff Spin-Offs]]: ''Fanfic/BeautifulDestroyerSailorMoon'' a Anime/SailorMoon fanfic and ''Fanfic/TheMerryKillers'' a Manga/LoveHina fanfic taking place in the same [[TheVerse verse]].
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!!'''This fanfic contains examples of:'''

* AchillesHeel: While their bodies can handle poison hidden inside food, the mouths of those who practice the La Belle France School of Martial Arts Fine Dining are super sensitive to spicy stuff.
* ActorAllusion:
** During a Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion screening[=/=]cosplay event, girl-Ranma dresses up as Rei. The other fans remark how [[Music/MegumiHayashibara she has Rei's voice]].
** Mousse's [[Manga/DeathNote potato]] [[Creator/BradSwaile chip eating]] bit in Chapter 13.
** Tatewaki Kuno's CoolShades being the [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Hierophant's]] [[HirotakaSuzuoki sunglasses]].
* AndCallHimGeorge: Azusa of course, until Akane figures out that it's a facade to hide that she is a BrokenBird.
* BattleButler and NinjaMaid: The Chardins have one butler and hordes of maids, all combat capable. The butler turns out to be an old friend of Kasumi's.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted in the Golden Pair fight
* BerserkButton: When Ranma insists the Akane isn't his girlfriend, Ryouga [[WhatAnIdiot accuses him of being gay]].
--> Ranma's punch registered a 9.5 on the Richter scale in Switzerland.
** A second one: Hurting Akane.
** Akane completely loses it in Chapter 15 [[spoiler: when Shampoo says that she and Ranma had sex while he was brainwashed.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kasumi. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown how]].
** Tofu as well.
* BigDamnHeroes: In chapter 19, Azusa saves Akane from Kaori.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler:Kodachi]]
* BlackComedy: Chapter 10 casually plays a murder/suicide by plane crash for laughs.
* BlackComedyRape: What Nabiki does to Ryouga.
* BrainBleach: The maids wear blindfolds because the sight of Chardins' stretching their mouths is horrific to look at.
* BrickJoke: Akane's intent to "fuck Kodachi with a steamroller" during the Kodachi Arc.
** During Chapter 15's epic battle, Shampoo threw a tugboat into the air that was never mentioned again... until Chapter 21 in an extraordinarily painful fashion.
* BrokenBird: Azusa
* ButtMonkey: Ryouga gets ''no'' sympathy from ''anyone'', and even ''Kuno'' gets more respect than Gosunkugi.
* CallBack: [[spoiler: Ranma's warning about getting too lax from mob fighting is brought back when Akane faces the assault of a hundred foes and she evades a sneak attack from Azusa thanks to it.]]
* TheCameo: Naru and Kitsune from ''LoveHina'' make an appearance as a pair of Asuka/Dr. Akagi cosplayers at an [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva]] convention. [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Leeron]] also makes a few appearances but it's not clear yet whether he's also a cosplayer... ''[[{{Crossover}} or not]]''.
** Chapter 10 revealed that the girl that Ranma borrowed the Rei plugsuit costume from was [[Franchise/SailorMoon Ami Mizuno]].
** [[TenchiMuyo Mihoshi Kuramitsu]] as the incompetent immigration official.
** Chapter 14 reveals Genma's ace-in-the hole, the legendary Grand Master Dio, aka...''[[BigWhat Donny Osmond?!]]''
** Speaking of chapter 14, one of Kasumi's flashbacks reveals the doctor that treated Miss Tendo was Ryuuken Ishida from Bleach.
** In Chapter 20, [[Franchise/SailorMoon Rei Hino]] shows up, and she attends St. Bacchus.
** [[GundamWing Dorothy Catalonia]] also makes a cameo in chapter 20, as a European exchange student at Furinkan, whose eyebrows were shaved off.
** The owner of TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday that the gang visits may either be Kagome Higurashi or her descendant, but the man she talks to at the end of Chapter 28 is definately Manga/{{Inuyasha}}.
* CelebrityPower: Donny Osmond can fly.
* CerebusRollercoaster
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: In Chapter 12, an A-10 Thunderbolt II and thousands of rounds for its main gun are mentioned stolen from an air base. [[MoreDakka It turns up soon enough.]]
** Remember the [[spoiler: pot of [[FireBreathingDiner extra spicy curry]] Akane made and later sealed in the Nekohaten's freezer?]] They brought it out to bring down [[spoiler: Picolet Chardin in Chapter 26.]]
* CoolPet: The Kuno Family's giant crocodile Mr. Turtle, who also gets a BigDamnHeroes moment alongside ''Kodachi'' in Chapter 19.
* CoolShades: Kuno in Chapter 20 shows up wearing the glasses he got at the end of the Take-out race. The results are... interesting
* CreepyCrossdresser: House Chardin's toughest fighter is a seven foot tall muscleman in a maid's outfit.
* CrowdSong: the song in chapter 14. Ranma has no idea why he's singing to it.
* CuteBruiser: Akane more and more.
* DarkerAndEdgier: A bit so. Still funny, but a lot more BlackComedy and [[VulgarHumor vulgarity]].
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Kasumi hears Akane masturbating.
* DeconstructionFic
* DefrostingIceQueen: Akane starts undergoing this immediately thanks to their better first meeting. She's already [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating to fantasies of him!]] {{Chaste Hero}}es are perfectly safe, after all.
* DespairEventHorizon: Akane begins crossing it in wake of losing to Shampoo in 16.
* {{Determinator}}: Neither a snowstorm nor a horde of security maids can stop Dr. Tofu from rescuing Kasumi.
* TheDogBitesBack: Most of the maids working for the Chardins were actually there to WorkOffTheDebt they or their families incurred. When the Chardins are exposed as [[ConMan con men]], the maids descend on them after Ranma and co leave.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: The Wrecking Crew leaves the Chardins to be set upon by their former servants.
* TheDreaded: ''[[FanFic/BeautifulDestroyerSailorMoon Sailor Moon]]''.
* EntitledToHaveYou: Gosunkugi feels this way to Akane.
* {{Expy}}: Shampoo is basically [[AxCrazy Shenhua]] from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that Shenhua is both Shampoo's cousin and mentor.
* FireBreathingDiner: Akane's extra-spicy curry is comparable to napalm.
* FlatWhat: Delivered by the Tendos and Ranma when the news of Genma engaging Ranma to Kaori is revealed.
* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: Ranma figures out that Ryoga's Shi Shi Hodokan is powered by depression. So he sends Akane to go out on dates with him to make him happy to take the edge off the technique. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, his ki attacks are fueled by strong emotion in general, not just despair]].
* HappilyMarried: Despite the [[ShotgunWedding unfortunate circumstances]], [[spoiler:Ryoga and [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]]]] manage to find bliss.
* HeroicBSOD: Akane has one of these when she first hears about the marriage agreement. It's actually ''called'' a BSOD by the narrative.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Gosunkugi delivers a series of cat puns in chapter 21.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: [[spoiler:Shampoo has no problem frenching an amnesiac Girl!Ranma.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: The only combat technique in Fine Dining Martial Arts involves eating your opponent.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Chapter 5. Kasumi describes Nabiki's masturbation moaning as "theatrical".
* ImplacableMan: Shampoo.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Principal Kuno's wardrobe has some ''incredibly'' gaudy Hawaiian outfits.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Gosunkugi
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Ukyo is shown to be this in chapter 19.
* {{Jerkass}}: Panthyose Taro is even worse than in canon. He has a FreudianExcuse, as [[spoiler: Genma and Soun actually succeeding at killing Happosai when they were young means he's stuck with that name]], but he's still a worse jerk than in canon.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: This version of Nabiki.
* LampshadeHanging: Akane says at one point that if Kuno's harassment of her keeps up, she'll become a man-hating lesbian. Guess what canon!Akane's {{Hatedom}} calls her?
** Also, when Ranma reveals his curse, he wonders how it could've gone worse and then immediately thinks of the way that Ranma-kun and Akane meet in canon.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Gosunkugi and Genma get what's coming to them in chapter 21.
* LethalChef: Chapter 17 plays this straight with Akane, but she's more clumsy rather than a culinary-inept.
** However, that pot of curry she made? It was still bubbling despite being in a freezer for two months!
* LightningBruiser: Invoked by Ranma, who stops one of Ryouga's punches with two fingers and then points out to Akane [[LampshadeHanging how much muscle power it takes to be as fast as he is]].
* MadeOfIron: The Golden Pair.
** Principal Kuno to a ridiculous degree
* MediumAwareness: When it appears his defeat is nigh, Principal Kuno complains that it was too easy for the protagonists to win and the readers are going to call it anti-climatic.
** Happens a lot in chapter 21.
* MoreDakka: Shampoo starts out using just grenade launchers (and who would think you'd ever say that?) and moves up to stealing a Thunderbolt II just to use its Avenger cannon to level Furinkan High School.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Shampoo suffers this at the hands of Pantyhose Tarou in Chapter 27.
* NonchalantDodge: Ranma does this while training with Akane
* OneOfUs: Akane. Turns out that when you strip away the tsundere traits you end up with a StarWars-watching VideoGame/SuperRobotWars-quoting [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva]] convention-attending nerd.
** Not just Akane, even Ranma is quite the {{Otaku}}. He mentioned getting pirated manga while in China.
* OnlySaneMan: ''Nabiki'' appears to be the only one left, now. She's the only one who actually breaks down and cries in the face of overwhelming stupidity and/or insanity, complete with a ThousandYardStare.
* PaperTiger: To stop Kasumi's assault on the guests, the Madame St. Paul summons a seven foot muscular male in a maid's outfit to deal with Kasumi. He's gets knocked out by Dr. Tofu Ono with just one punch.
* ThePowerOfLove: The basis of Ranma's Ki attack.
* QuipToBlack: Nabiki keeps a pair of sunglasses in her pocket and [[http://instantrimshot.com/index.php?sound=csi this]] as her ringtone. She loans them to Ranma on occasion.
* ReCut: As of May 8, 2011, the author condensed and rewrote several chapters up to the takeout race arc. Notable changes include Shampoo's claim of screwing Ranma not being used to get Kasumi involved.
* RedBaron: As in canon, Kuno's "Blue Thunder" nickname. This gets him mocked mercilessly by Akane.
--> "Oh brother, last week he was the '[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Sword that Cleaves Evil]]', and before that he was '[[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Walking the path of heaven, he who will rule everything]]'."
** He adopted the title [[FateStayNight King of Heroes]] after Ranma casually referred to him by it.
** Akane has become known as "The Worldwide Roadroller" thanks to "fucking" Kodachi with a steamroller.
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: Ryoga, after he's dragged off to marry Osaka, became a family man, using his skills as a construction worker. Not even the Billion Yen Grand Prix can coax him to return to the battlefield, but that won't stop his [[TrueCompanions friends]] from fighting in his name...]]
* RuleOfFunny: The story runs almost entirely on this and [[RuleofCool that other rule.]]
* RuleOfThree: During "The Third Sino-Japanese War" Arc, Kasumi is [[GenreSavvy aware of this trope]], and suspects a third tragedy is coming, far worse than the previous two (the first two being Ranma losing his memories of Akane and Gosunkugi assaulting Nabiki).
** [[spoiler:She's right. The third tragedy is Akane's loss to Shampoo in their fight for Ranma.]]
* RunningGag: After a fight, Gosunkugi runs up to the loser and yells "You got knocked the fuck out!" in a reference to ''Friday''.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Ranma's the victim of this gag in chapter 5, after thanks to P-chan, he ends up getting chased by one angry mob.
* SettingUpdate: The original series supposedly took place in the early 1990s. Interview clearly takes place in the [[PresentDay Present]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Nabiki shipped Kasumi and Dr. Tofu.
* ShotgunWedding: [[spoiler:The Manga/AzumangaDaioh girls have force Ryoga to come with them, as he got Osaka pregnant!]]
** Well, after all the times he [[BrickJoke ended up]] [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre in Osaka...]]
* ShoutOut: At least a few per chapter once things get going.
** Ranma has a [[MobileSuitGundam Newtype Flash]] just before Ryouga makes his first appearance.
** Ranma finishes his fight with Ryouga with a flying kick from above that carries them both into a water fountain before jumping out of the ensuing geyser of water and landing in girl form. Akane, watching this, can only think to say:
---> "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSld0Ie6PVo They call that... Jin... Jinrai...]]"
** Akane one-ups him in her match with Kodachi by quoting a few lines from [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Baran Doban]]'s theme song while swinging Kodachi around like an EpicFlail.
*** That, AND she beat Kodachi with a [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Za Warudo]] impression, steamroller and all.
** Kodachi's dialogue is almost line for line [[{{Gundam00}} Ali al-Saachez's]] dialogue during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vxT9Qth-5wGundam Exia's first Trans-Am sequence]] when Akane goes all out.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYFYZZtnH-E "VIIIIIIIIITAAAAAAAAAAS!"]]
** Three words: TANKER LORRY DA!
** The sponsors for the match between Kodachi and Akane. Including [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Xanatos Enterprises]], [[Anime/YuGiOh Kaiba Corporation]], [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure The Speedwagon Foundation]] and [[IronMan Stark Industries]].
** ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has gotten some love, in the form of how Shampoo speaks, as well as being where she learned to be as ruthless.
** In chapter 13, Mousse does Light Yagami's famous "potato chip" bit, and has a Light-style internal monologue. [[Creator/BradSwaile Considering who his English voice actor is, this makes sense.]]
** There're a horde of shoutouts in Chapter 10's Dead Baby Comedy bit, and this is lampshaded right after that.
** The [[TrainingMontage montage scene]] in Chapter 14, as well as the song that goes with it, serves as shout out to the montage scenes in both TeamAmericaWorldPolice and {{Mulan}}.
** Shampoo's final attack is a nod to [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact3 Ialdabaoth's]] Shinha Mougeki Reppa
** [[spoiler: Kasumi's sole named attack is another direct homage to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWEywsFnFBs#t=00m57s another attack of Apothesized Ialdabaoth']] ]]
** In chapter 13, Cologne is mentioned as working with Takeshi Hongo, the first incarnation of Franchise/KamenRider.
** Chapter 20: "Everyone began filing into the school, now filled with despair that even [[SayonaraZetsubouSensei Nozomu Itoshiki]] could not fathom."
** From the same chapter, when Principal Kuno's goons start taking clothing that doesn't fit into the school uniform regulations:
---> One girl spoke up. "They stole my scarf!"
---> Another cried. "And my earrings!"
---> A rather short, stout girl roared. [[LordOfTheRings "And my axe!"]]
** When Ranma delivers a beating to Principal Kuno, he does it [[HokutoNoKen Kenshiro style.]]
** In chapter 3, after Kuno declares his love for Ranma-chan, Ranma is so pissed, [[StreetFighter he delivers a damn good impression of a Shun Goku Satsu.]]
** Shampoo listens to LadyGaga
** Chapter 21 has quite a few:
*** Ranma's cell phone has its ringtone the Franchise/SailorMoon theme song. "Beautiful Destroyer Sailor Moon" chapter 14 reveals that Natalie Adams wrote the song after seeing the Senshi's heroism first-hand.
*** The line "Nobody dies when you kill them" is referenced a few times.
*** [[OhCrap "That's]] [[{{WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged}} a boat."]]
*** After Gosunkugi gets hit by a tugboat, Nabiki delivers a [[CSIMiami Horatio Caine]] one liner, complete with the sample of We Won't Get Fooled Again from her cell phone.
** Akane's powerpoint presentations utilize artwork "drawn by another graduate of the [[{{Manga/Bleach}} Kuchiki]] School of Art"
** When Ranma and Ryoga are about to begin fighting in chapter 24, Akane yells "Are you daft, punk?"
*** Which is a ''double'' shout out. The first being, obviously, to the electronic band, but a slightly lesser known one is to WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged, which used the same line in the comment special. Given the other shout outs to JJBA, it's probably intentional.
** Chapter 26 has several of note as well:
*** When Madame St. Paul revealed the M5, Kasumi was disappointed that it was just a cheap knockoff of [[KamenNoMaidGuy another legendary male maid]].
*** The opening the curry pot sequence for Ranma and Picolet's Fine Dining Duel is referred to as [[GaoGaiGar "FORMATION C!"]]
** Chapter 30 has Akane threatening Grand Prix entrants like [[Series/DoctorWho a Dalek]] [[CurbStompBattle cutting down]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E13Doomsday Cybermen]].
* SplitScreenReaction: Invoked in chapter 14 during the arrival of the Grand Master who will train the Kunos, Ryoga and Mousse, Donny ''fucking'' Osmond. [[{{Mulan}} Let's get down to business!]]
* StealthPun: Occasionally throughout the fic, Ryouga alludes to a [[NoodleIncident nasty incident]] in which he wound up in Osaka. [[spoiler:Chapter 24 reveals that he literally wound up ''in'' [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke Sexually]].]]
* StepfordSmiler: Asuza
* TookALevelInBadass: ''Everybody'', especially SHAMPOO. The martial arts as a whole are taken UpToEleven, and pretty much ''everybody'' could ''mop the floor with'', or at least be equal to, canon!Ranma. Shampoo has MoreDakka, StuffBlowingUp, and is NighInvulnerable. Akane learns the Umisenken and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade absurdly sharp]] RazorWind. Ryoga uses his rarely-seen bandanna-blades to great effect, uses his umbrella more (and more effectively) in his fighting style, and overall kicks more ass. He also [[spoiler: learns both the [[AngstNuke Shi Shi Hokodan]] and Moko Takabisha (which both become seemingly twice as strong), forcing Ranma to use a new Hokodan variant based on ThePowerOfLove to beat him. Then he stands up and uses the perfected Shi Shi Hokodan. OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow... [[DeusExMachina and he does]] ]]. Mousse decides to declare DidYouThinkICantFeel, [[spoiler: uses LaserGuidedAmnesia on ''himself'' to rid himself of his infatuation with Shampoo]], and says LetsGetDangerous. Kuno gets CoolShades which make him act normally, and actually decent fighting skills.
* TrainingFromHell: Once again, The Golden Pair.
* TranquilFury: Kasumi's fighting style of the "Gentle Sieve" is based on bottling up emotions.
* TraumaticHaircut: What Shampoo gave Akane after her hard fought win in their battle for Ranma.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Vice-Principal Okamada from the the recent BrokenBase making LiveActionAdaptation.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Averted in [[spoiler: Chapter 7.]]
* UpToEleven: Everything has been getting crazier and crazier since the introduction of Ryoga.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Azusa after Akane calls her out not being able to act upon her love for Mikado.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: The Golden Pair quickly shift from joke characters who will unquestionably be destroyed by Ranma and Akane, to pushing Ranma and Akane harder than anyone before.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 12, when[[spoiler: Shampoo erases Ranma's memory of Akane instead Akane's of Ranma,]]
** Chapter 15.
** Chapter 23. [[spoiler:Ranma catches Akane holding a pregnancy test.]]
* WhamLine: At the end of chapter 12, after Shampoo's attack on the high school...
--->'''Ranma:''' [[spoiler:"She keeps saying I'm her fiancÚ, who is she?"]]
* WorthyOpponent: Shampoo considers Akane this.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Directly invoked by Ranma, but only if they're [[AxCrazy crazy]]. Invoked by Azusa but immediately subverted.

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