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!!!''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* TwentyPercentMoreAwesome: In ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'', Kyon declares that Haruhi's ponytail makes her "36% more charming."
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil:
** In the novels, Itsuki ''[[InvokedTrope creates]]'' one to give Haruhi a foil and thus something to do. It quickly gets filled with members of at least two of the factions.
** It's [[InvertedTrope inverted]] before that, for the first half of the year, with the student council taking no action against the SOS despite their occupation of the Literature Club room and occasional other disruptive activities.
** In ''Disappearance'', Haruhi claims she's from the "Student Council Information Division" to convince Asahina to go with her. Invoking the name of the Council is persuasive, as is dragging Asahina away when she hesitates.
* AdamAndEvePlot: Brought up by Koizumi at the end of the first season. Kyon is ''not'' amused.
* AdaptationDyeJob: An interesting case. In the original novels, Mikuru had chestnut-brown hair, Yuki had flat-gray hair, and Haruhi's hair was black. In the anime Mikuru's hair became bright orange, Yuki took up a few shades of purple, and Haruhi's hair became brown. But after the anime's release, in the later novels, Ito starts to use brown hair for Haruhi (though she retains Mikuru and Yuki's brown and gray).
* AdaptationExpansion:
** "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Endless Eight]]".
** ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' has some shades of this as well. One notable example is [[spoiler: Kyon's choice of "normal world vs. paranormal world"]], which was only about two pages long in the novel, but was expanded into an inner-conflictesque scene that lasted at least a good five or six minutes.
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* AgentMulder[=/=]AgentScully:
** Cleverly played with. At first, it seems pretty obvious that Kyon is our Scully, and Haruhi is our Mulder. However, Kyon just keeps running into ''too much weirdness'' to deny that any of it exists, and by the end of ''Disappearance'', [[spoiler: he's become a willing, full-blown Mulder who is more than happy to do what he can to keep his friends safe by confronting all the weirdness in his life -- and he openly admits he wouldn't have it any other way]].
** Meanwhile, with Haruhi... [[spoiler:Kyon eventually confronts Haruhi over the fact that there really is a time traveler, an alien, and an esper in her club. Her deep-rooted ''cynicism'', however, prevents her from even vaguely taking Kyon at his word.]]
* AliensAreBastards: Every single alien except Yuki, and she has her moments.
* AllJustADream: Subverted in the "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya VI," and discussed by Koizumi in "Sigh V."
* AllLoveIsUnrequited:
** In one case, at least. It's strongly suggested in ''Disappearance'' that [[spoiler: Koizumi likes (or even loves) Haruhi, and is depressed that she will never look at him the way she looks at Kyon.]]
** The same is (probably) true for [[spoiler: Mikuru and Yuki towards Kyon, as well as Kyon with his unspoken crush on Mikuru.]]
** The reason for all this is TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife of course.
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian:
** Kyon, when he wakes up from his "dream" in episode VI. ''Especially'' since the music playing during the "dream" was by someone who had sought Freud's advice (Gustav Mahler).
---> '''Kyon:''' What kind of dream was ''that''?! Sigmund Freud's gotta be laughing at me!
** On a different sub and the English version of the first book:
---> '''Kyon:''' Freud would have a field day with this!
* AllThereInTheManual: You're not going to understand everything in the anime if you're entirely unfamiliar with the books. [[GeniusBonus Then again, you might not even if you]] ''[[GeniusBonus have]]'' [[GeniusBonus read them]]...
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Even without having ever watched/read/anything ''Haruhi Suzumiya'', thanks to this series' raving fandom, it's pretty well known in anime communities that Haruhi is an omnipotent god; ironically, this "fact" is actually {{Fanon}}.
%%* AloneWithThePsycho
* AlternateTimeline: Beginning in ''The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya'', [[spoiler: the narrative splits into two parallel timelines (which Koizumi later designate as timelines α and β, respectively): α starting off with Kyon getting a call from an unknown girl, and β with Kyon getting a call from Sasaki. Accordingly, the concurrent stories begin to snowball as the conflict rises, until ultimately being reunited by the end of ''Surprise''.]]
* AlternateUniverse:
** The subject of ''Disappearance'', at first glance. [[spoiler:It's actually the same universe with a different timeline.]]
** While Haruhi wants to meet a slider, Kyon has stated that this is the one type who offers no advantages. So far he wins.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-Universe this shows up a couple of times in Kyon's conversations with Koizumi. For example in Astonishment they debate whether Haruhi's unwillingness to be late is about making Kyon wait or simply about arrogance.
* AnachronicOrder:
** The anime practically revolves around this, with in-joke references to events that have transpired but that aren't shown until later episodes -- for example, having random items lying around the club room that are obtained in later (earlier?) episodes. Several episodes in the first season even include set-ups from earlier events whose episodes didn't get animated until the second season. [[AllThereInTheManual Not as hard as it sounds]], since the novels were written before the anime, but still shows very remarkable attention to detail on the animators' part.
** "The Rebroadcasting of Haruhi Suzumiya" mixes old and new episodes (including Episode 00) in the order that Kyon experiences them -- chronological for the most part, [[TimeTravel but not in every instance]]. Thus the so-called "second season" is, strictly speaking, neither a sequel nor a prequel to the first, but more of an "interleafquel".
** The novels include this as well, though to a lesser degree (1, 2, 4 and 7-9 are in chronological order, 3 takes place between 1 and 2, and the stories in 5 and 6 are scattered between the end of 3 and the start of the main storyline in 7).
** Also Haruhi is prone to making throw away lines whose real meanings are found on the other end of a time trip.
* AnchoredShip: The LoveDodecahedron seems to come down to this. [[spoiler: (1) Haruhi likes Kyon. (2)And will subconsciously rewrite the universe out of jealousy. Kyon won't admit his (very apparent in the later novels) feelings for her and the second points keeps anything else from happening. Everyone seems more or less ok with the current situation also. ]]
* AndIMustScream: "Endless Eight". [[spoiler:Yuki, who is supposed to be an EmotionlessGirl (or at least ''really, really'' bad at expressing herself), is shown to be ''visually bored'' and possibly sad from having to re-live the same two weeks over and over again for over 595 years worth of time. (This reaction from her is comparable to a screaming hair-tearing fit from anyone else.) She's the only one who realizes that they're looping and she can't do a thing about it because her job is to "observe."]] Thankfully, for the viewers it's (only?) 8 episodes. Even more thankfully, for those that read the books it was only a few pages.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Kyon's little sister, to him at least. Everyone else seems to think she's adorable, but then again, that's how it often works out in RealLife.
* AnthropicPrinciple: Koizumi's explanation behind Haruhi's power.
* ApocalypseDayPlanner
* ApocalypseHow: The possibility of Haruhi having a bad day and unconsciously recreating the universe, [[spoiler:or a certain someone hijacking Haruhi's power. The former seemed to be creating a new separate universe rather than rewriting the old one]].
* AsideGlance: Kyon, when exasperated.
* ArcNumber: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eight]] episodes of "[[StoryArc Endless Eight]]."
* ArcWords: After [[WhamEpisode a point]], it starts to seem like every past-tense sentence in the MythArc contains the words [[WhenItAllBegan "three years ago."]] Eventually subverted when Itsuki starts a sentence this way, and Kyon interrupts him with "Screw three years ago!" ''Dissociation'' takes place a year after ''Melancholy'', so the ArcWords have appropriately changed to "four years ago."
%%* ArtShift: "Remote Island Syndrome".
* ArtifactTitle: For the anime at least, which takes the name of the first book. Those who haven't read the books will wonder why the show is called The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, when she's anything but.
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler:Yuki, Ryoko and the others of their kind.]]
* AscendedMeme: Nyoron Churuya-san.
* AsideComment: Kyon closes TheMovie with one.
* AsleepForDays: When Kyon [[spoiler: resets the universe]] in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'', he awakens in a hospital room, having apparently been sleeping away a bad concussion for days.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Tsuruya's fang.
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: In ''Surprise/Astonishment'' [[spoiler: Haruhi's subconscious beats the Anti-SOS brigade and solves the plot by herself. In the finale, she [[IncrediblyLamePun summons a giant in Closed Space while sleeping.]] ]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite arguing every other minute, Haruhi and Kyon are shown to care for each other. Any nagging doubts viewers had were killed by the movie. [[spoiler:Kyon wakes up after spending three days in the hospital to find Koizumi, who tells him that the Brigade members have been taking shifts watching him]]. ''Haruhi'', however, [[spoiler:is curled up in a sleeping bag next to his bed, where she has been the entire time]].
* BackFromTheDead: In the tenth novel, [[spoiler: Ryoko Asakura is granted a new body and used as a BoxedCrook to protect Kyon from Kuyo Suo. [[{{Metaphorgotten}} If you define "protecting Kyon" as "threatening to murder him yourself", that is. ]]]]
%%* BadassAdorable: Yuki.
%%* BadassBookworm: See above.
%%** Also, Koizumi.
* BadassBoast: "If anything happens to Yuki Nagato I will let all Hell break lose." Oh, [[spoiler: Kyon...]]
* BadBadActing: The SOS Brigade's film. If you pay attention, some characters can be seen reading their dialogues.
* BarehandedBladeBlock:
** [[spoiler:During the fight between Yuki and Ryoko, Ryoko dashes at Kyon with full force, blade extended. Yuki halts her charge by grabbing her combat knife by the blade. Subverted in that she takes visible damage.]]
** Played straight by [[spoiler: Kuyo Suo.]]
* BavarianFireDrill: "Which one of you is Mikuru Asahina? Hi, I'm Haruhi Suzumiya, from the Student Council Information Division. Please come with me!"
* BeachEpisode: "Remote Island Syndrome".
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Mikuru, Yuki and Haruhi. Kyon thinks Mikuru's future self is supermodel level, Yuki is smarter than any human being, and Haruhi is the envy of all the athletes in the school.
* BecomeARealBoy: [[spoiler:Yuki's motivation for changing reality (and thus herself) in TheMovie.]]
* BeehiveBarrier: One of the more tangible forms of Yuki and [[spoiler:Ryoko]]'s powers.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Kyon
* BerserkButton:
** Don't threaten Yuki. Kyon doesn't like that:
*** When the Data Overmind considers erasing Yuki in ''Disappearance'', Kyon threatens to reveal the entire {{Masquerade}} to Haruhi and have her rewrite the universe to save Yuki.
*** Then when the Sky Canopy Dominion incapacitates Yuki in ''Surprise'', Kyon storms off to confront their interface. Alone. And unarmed. It takes Asakura to save him, and even she only manages to fight Kuyo to a draw.
** Considering how Haruhi reacted to [[spoiler:Yuki's "illness"]], she is probably already very similar to Kyon in this aspect, towards the whole SOS brigade.
** And a different button: When Haruhi's abuse of Mikuru went too far and he was willing to [[BrightSlap punch]] her. Let's be clear, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu he was willing to deck GOD]] because she was being a bitch.
* BetterThanABareBulb: Kyon's unsuccessful attempt to explain the student film's plot; the irony here is that he did it this way on purpose to prevent SkepticismFailure.
* BetweenMyLegs: In episode 00, there is one of these shots of Haruhi while she's standing on a table.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Kyon finally snaps and actually tries to ''punch'' Haruhi after she takes her abuse and assumed ownership of Mikuru too far during her movie's filming.
** Mikuru is kind, sweet, and an [[ExtremeDoormat utter doormat]] who is forcibly stripped and dressed up in various costumes by Haruhi, and who is given strict directives she can't understand from her superiors in her time travel organization. The most Mikuru ever manages in response is a high-pitched, desperate "[[BigNo noooooooo!]]" You may be surprised to find that she has a [[http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/haruhi/returnrevenge.htm character song]] about her wish to have revenge on those who have used her as a toy and a pawn. And let's not forget the morally dubious things her future self does...
** Sasaki claims she's an example of this, that she gets angry every few years and "It scares even me," but we don't actually see it.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** [[spoiler: Yuki saving Kyon from Asakura]]. And later [[spoiler:Emiri (another Human Inteface) joins the fight between Suo and Asakura. It makes you wonder if basic training to be an extension of the Data Overmind includes learning how to pull this off.]]
** Also Kyon does it [[spoiler:for [[StableTimeLoop himself!]] Well, [[NonActionGuy actually]], it's Yuki again, but he does organize the rescue.]]
* TheBigDamnKiss [[spoiler: Between Kyon and Haruhi, at the first season's climax.]]
* BigDamnMovie: ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.''
* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler: ''Asakura'', of all people, saving Kyon from Kuyo Suo. Suffice to say, she doesn't exactly do it out of kindness. It doesn't help that most of the time she holds a knife at ''his'' throat!]]
* BigEater: Of all people, Yuki Nagato is pointed out as being one.
* BigOlEyebrows: Ryoko Asakura, not in a manner which is {{egregious}}, but definitely more so than the rest of the cast.
* {{Bishonen}}:
** Itsuki is repeatedly stated to look like he stepped out of a fashion magazine. Kyon doesn't look bad either, but Tsuruya notes that while he's attractive, he's not especially so.
** The Computer Club president could count as well considering he's pretty cute and surrounded by a bunch of guys (in the computer club) who definitely don't fall into the Bishonen category.
** And the student council chairmen certainly [[http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/7711/harsuzstucoprez.jpg isn't ugly either]], or [[http://theotakuspot.animeblogger.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/haruhi5.png Tanaguchi]] and [[http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4528/kunikida.png Kunikada]], for that matter
* BishoujoSeries: The series has posters and articles serialized in Megami, as well as far more bunnygirl Haruhi figures than any in her other outfits. Mikuru is a sendup of the whole concept.
* BiTheWay: Haruhi. "As long as it's not an ordinary human, I don't care..."
* BlackComedyRape: Haruhi's consistent sexual harassment of Mikuru.
* BlandNameProduct: Espon laptops, Sicao cameras, Kyon's Pumu bag, and the characters eat at [=WcDonalds=] and at a WOLKS family restaurant (inspired by VOLKS). Also done with brand logos: one episode shows a box with a logo shaped like an unbitten apple.
* BlatantLies: Koizumi's entire explanation to Kyon about what happened during TheMovie.
* BlessedWithSuck:
** Kyon is this and CursedWithAwesome for the largely the same reason. Pretty much everyone tells him that he has been "chosen" by Haruhi, but what this seems to entail in practice is that he is her ButtMonkey.
** Kyon eventually decides [[spoiler: he has been blessed with awesome in the movie.]]
** [[spoiler: As the novel series has continued it has been hinted that Haruhi herself is entirely an innocent victim of CursedWithAwesome that Kyon has imposed on at least two instant goddesses.]]
** Koizumi, it is cool that he can go into some other realm and use lasers to kill giants, but he can only use his powers in that other realm, and he can't do things other espers from other series can do like read minds or levitate.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: There's a bit of this in the dubbed anime, where the Japanese honorifics are translated into Miss or Mr. X when referring to classmates, but this is because most Japanese honorifics really don't translate to anything in English and leaving them in can be very confusing for people unfamiliar with the complexities of the Japanese language.
* BlingOfWar: In "Day Of Sagittarius"
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma:
** Yuki.
** Kyon, too. Only its Blunt Simile Trauma: "Haruhi's endorphins ran through her brain like a hamster in a wheel at Mach 3", "the Celestial in Haruhi's Closed Space glowed blue like a luminescent fungus" and so forth.
* BookDumb: Kyon comes across as very smart and well-read (even though he isn't quite sure who Creator/WilliamShakespeare is, [[UnreliableNarrator yet can perfectly describe his plays]]), but is barely above average in school, to the point that Haruhi's had to help him out with schoolwork.
* BookEnds: The second season ends with the screening of TheMovie that ''opens'' the first season.
* BoomerangComeback: Ryouko uses this technique with her knife [[spoiler:against Kuyo Suo. It doesn't work.]]
* {{Bowdlerize}}: "Remote Island Syndrome" is changed from the book through the addition of Kyon's little sister, who in the novel ''attempted'' to come along, but was discovered and left at home. Once on the island, the SOS Brigade members avail themselves of as much alcohol as their host can muster, which can't be shown on Japanese TV, since the characters are still in high school. The TV show has them doing things appropriate for the presence of a grade-schooler instead. Minus the [[spoiler: murder-mystery]] part, anyway. Though understandable, if you only watched the anime, it will cause a bit of confusion for the ''Disappearance'' movie. The movie is extremely close to the original novel, and even keeps Haruhi's line that went something like, "I'm never going to drink again." As she never drank in the anime in the first place, this creates a bit of a NoodleIncident by PlotHole. The dub of the movie simply skirts the issue by having Haruhi say that she swore she would never drink ''ever'' in her life. (Which, according to the anime, is accurate.)
* BoxedCrook: In the tenth novel, [[spoiler: Ryoko Asakura]]
* BoyMeetsGirl: Essentially. [[spoiler: Three years ago.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: [[spoiler:Asakura]] complains about how Haruhi is not doing anything interesting and talks to Kyon about whether or not it is all right to enact a change to get a result, even if it is dangerous, right before [[spoiler:trying to stab Kyon with a knife to get a rise out of Haruhi]] -- all without changing the pitch in her voice.
* BrickJoke:
** When Kyon enters the clubroom after trying to punch Haruhi in ''Sigh'', she's trying to put her hair in a ponytail, which she hasn't done since the last Melancholy episode.
** In "Someday in the Rain", Haruhi wakes up Kyon and he asks if she drew on his face; in ''Disappearance'', [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Kyon wakes up Haruhi and she asks if he drew on her face]].
%%* BrokenMasquerade
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu / NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Subverted.]] Kyon and [[spoiler: [[GoodAllAlong Sasaki]]'s]] secret plan to deal with Fujiwara, Kyouko and Kuyo would have backfired horribly [[spoiler: [[DeusExMachina if Yasumi had not intervened.]]]]
* BugCatching: Competitive cicada catching is one of the Endless Eight activities. Though, as Kyon points out, this is a weird activity for kids their age.
* ButtMonkey: Sometimes Mikuru, sometimes Kyon, and ''always'' the poor, poor Computer Club President, though he's closer to TheChewToy, as his endless torment is meant to be funny.
* CallBack: The scene where the Brigade finally reunites in ''Disappearance'' is comically similar to their original meeting in ''Melancholy''. TheStinger also features Yuki watching a little boy help a little girl get a library card, just like Kyon did for her. Mikuru's entrance into the Clubroom was practically exactly the same as her original entrance in "Melancholy".
* CallForward: ENOZ can be spotted in the first episode of ''Sigh''.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Averted by Haruhi, whose main specialty (considering the non-awareness of her own powers) seems to be beating this trope to death and beyond.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Oh, man, Mikuru. It's worse in the anime, where she passes out after a bit of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazake amazake]] (which is so weak you can give it to children) she was slipped for some EnforcedMethodActing. Slightly more justified in the novel, where it's tequila, and in the dub, where they change it to sake.
* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Kyon and Haruhi's relationship gets this way, which comes to a head in ''Disappearance''.
* CantYouReadTheSign:
** One of the repeated elements of ''Endless Eight'': there is a "No Diving" sign in the public pool, and what does Haruhi do? She, obviously, dives. Which makes Kyon almost quote this trope (in his mind).
** At least in the ''Sigh'' novel, Haruhi stands in front of a sign at a local shrine that says "Do Not Feed" and scatters bread crumbs across the shrine grounds.
%%* CaramelldansenVid
* CareBearStare: Haruhi's ''intention'' was to send her "warm energy" into Kyon. However, it was nothing but a scary DeathGlare.
* CassandraTruth[=/=]SarcasticConfession: [[spoiler:Kyon outright ''tells'' Haruhi that Itsuki, Mikuru, and Yuki really do have supernatural powers. Twisting GenreSavvy, she smiles sweetly and correctly guesses who has which powers -- then promptly yells at Kyon for mocking her before storming out.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Mikuru -- "ClassifiedInformation." Taken to absurd lengths in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Endless]] [[RunningGag Eight]]": "I used ''classified information'' to contact the future or for ''classified information''... But when I hadn't heard from ''classified information'' for a week I thought something was wrong. And then ''classified information''... I was so shocked that I ''classified information'', but there was no ''classified information''... What should I do?" All while crying her heart out. It's a compulsion deliberately put into place by her superiors to prevent her from divulging sensitive information, even if she wanted to. Normally, she just avoids using the taboo words altogether, but here the mechanism repeatedly trips because she's too emotionally vulnerable to watch what she's saying.
** Haruhi -- "I'm so bored!"
** And then of course there's Kyon's "Yare yare" (translating to something like "[[{{Peanuts}} good grief]]"/"oh my"/"oh well"). [[spoiler:Sasaki said it first, and Kyon picked it up.]]
** In the DVD's previews:
--->'''Yuki:''' Watch it.
** {{Lampshaded}} and subverted -- in the first episode, Kyon notes that Haruhi has a habit of saying "totally", but the audience doesn't hear it enough for it to qualify as a CatchPhrase.
* CatsAreMagic: Shamisen, the calico cat. He (male calico cats being extremely rare) originally started as an ordinary cat, but was briefly given the ability of speech. This was because Haruhi believes witches need magical cats, and this belief [[RealityWarper altered reality]] and made Shamisen magical. She never finds out that Shamisen could talk, but was originally a little disappointed that he wasn't a black cat.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve:
** Performed by Haruhi to avoid a SecurityCling to Kyon's arm. {{Lampshaded}} by a possibly disappointed Kyon.
** Also by Yuki to Kyon in ''Disappearance'' when he was about to leave her to have dinner alone with Asakura.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: A double entry when Kyon was closing the pictures of Mikuru's chest with star-shaped mole: He forgot to close the folder named "Mikuru". He also neglected to name the folder something other than the obvious "Mikuru".
* CharacterAsHimself:
** '''Ultra''' Director Haruhi Suzumiya!
** Similarly, some of the real life creators are listed as members of the SOS Brigade. The credits have several other similar jokes.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** The [[LightNovels novels]] are primarily focused on the character development. It is often left to the readers' interpretation just how far the characters have changed within the progress of the story.
** Best example, [[CharacterFocus Yuki Nagato]]: From a [[TheStoic stoic]] "machine-like" ExtremeDoormat, to a person who is not only kind and caring, but also independent from her [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien boss]]. Hell, her [[spoiler:rampage in ''Disappearance'' '''because''' she developed feelings]] must not be forgotten. Furthermore, the relationship between her and Kyon gradually expands over the time, to the point where Kyon stated that no one would "shake the bell in him" quite like Yuki. Nagaru Tanigawa himself stated that he likes focusing on Yuki's development.
** Haruhi: From a self-absorbed, misanthropic loner, to a [[GenkiGirl cheerful]] and hot-blooded, yet still quite sociopathic jerk who doesn't really ''get'' what she's doing wrong... Eh, well, see KickTheDog. Then, in the later novels, she has become far more sociable, even to strangers, and generally has come more to terms with "this boring world" (and has come OutOfFocus).
** Kyon: From an apathetic, cynic and distrustful DeadpanSnarker who cares little for anyone besides "his" Mikuru and tells himself that he hates the brigade, to a TrueCompanions-guarding, occasionally-{{Badass}} KnightInSourArmor who freely admits that he's a member and would follow their commander Haruhi.
** Mikuru: From a self-sacrificing group mascot who lets Haruhi do whatever she wants with her (Present Mikuru), to an assertive, empowered, and even morally ambigious woman who controls the situation from behind the scenes and is [[spoiler:responsible for setting the entire plot in motion by masterminding Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody]] (Future Mikuru). The exact details of how this transformation takes place is somewhat sketchy (time travel is involved), but its seeds are present in some of the later novels.
** Koizumi: From being a vague, mysterious representative of the Organization whose interest in the group seems purely professional, to a person who genuinely cares very deeply for the the Brigade, even stating that if he had to, he would choose the SOS Brigade over the Organisation. [[spoiler: Which means a lot, considering he's in charge of the Organization!]]
* ChekhovsGun: Offhandedly mentioned objects usually play an important role later in the light novel it is mentioned in or in the whole novel series itself.
** KyoAni is very careful about this. Objects that serve a purpose in a story are seen in the club room WAY before the second season was made (ex.- the bamboo leaf potted plant). Even more interesting is the fact that a couple of these were retroactively added to the DVD release, which weren't present in the original broadcast. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5lYxQQAUNw This video]], based around changes between the broadcast and DVD release of "Remote Island Syndrome", where one of the changes made was adding the bamboo plant to the background.
** The anime's adaptation of "Remote Island Syndrome" ends with a conspicuous close-up of a mole on Kyon's neck. This is popularly considered foreshadowing toward "Snowy Mountain Syndrome", where [[spoiler:Itsuki encounters a doppelganger of Kyon. He has to have ''some'' kind of distinguishing mark, right?]]
** Based on a hunch, Kyon tells Tsuruya to dig at a specific spot on her property. She finds [[spoiler:a strange artifact buried hundreds of years ago by one of her ancestors, but made with materials and craftsmanship that ancient Japan (and the rest of the planet, for that matter) simply could not have had access to]]. Although they don't know what it is, Tsuruya agrees to keep it, and from then on will remind Kyon to call once he decides he needs it.
* ChekhovsGunman: Seemingly minor characters, if named, will usually have some major significant role in the plot later in the series.
** A rather major example would be a character so minor she isn't even directly mentioned. [[spoiler:Sasaki, a friend of Kyon's from middle school, is mentioned offhand by Nakagawa as the precedent for Kyon "liking weird girls," which Kunikida had said ''in the first chapter of the first novel''. She doesn't appear until the ''ninth'' novel, where it is revealed that she is the cause of that particular misconception.]] Once again, KyoAni is on the ball with this when in ''Disappearance'' [[spoiler:Sasaki's name can be seen at the top of Kyon's cell phone address book (See EarlyBirdCameo below).]]
** Kimidori. Tsuruya. The esper girl (though really, who thought she WOULDN'T come back up again?), Kyoko Tachibana. If they get a name and they're not Taniguchi or Kunikida, expect them to be important. Those two are probably only still unimportant so that they can be ThoseTwoGuys... and the light novels aren't finished, so it's hard to know if it'll stay like that.
** In a way, Kyon himself is a ChekhovsGunman. To quote Haruhi's extremely inconspicuous line: [[spoiler:"Have I met you somewhere before?" She has in fact [[TimeTravel met him before]], and the encounter is what led her to North High.]] This is also invoked when [[spoiler:Kyon wonders what criteria Haruhi used to pick her high school.]]
** How inconspicious is it? In the anime, it makes sense in context of the conversation so much so that it can simply be taken as an example of Haruhi's eccentricity! (That and the fact that it's ''the'' stereotypical pick-up line in Japan...)
** How many times have the characters made a point about not yet having a slider around?
** There's also a really inconspicuous one in ''Disappearance''. While reading out the class roster, Kyon also mentions the person before Haruhi, Sakanaka. Later on in the eighth novel, she appears as the second client of the SOS Brigade.
** Remember Taniguchi's girlfriend in ''Disappearance'' whose absence in the AlternateUniverse is Kyon's first hint that something is wrong? In volume 10, [[spoiler: it turns out she's Kuyo Suo, the alien interface from the Sky Canopy Domain which opposes the Data Overmind. She was trying to establish contact with Kyon, but [[DittoAliens was unable to tell him apart from Taniguichi]].]]
* CherryBlossoms: The opening of the first chronological episode. Cherry blossoms are also at the center of an important event in ''Sigh'', [[spoiler: when they bloom ''in autumn'' just so Haruhi can have them in her movie]]. Kyon is also constantly telling us the time of the year and season (especially in the novels), which often involves [[LemonyNarrator evocative statements]] about whether the cherry trees have blossomed yet, are currently in blossom, or how long it has been since the blossoms fell.
* CheshireCatGrin: Haruhi.
* ChickMagnet: Check the audience of the play at the school festival. Who are they there for?
* ChildishPillowFight: In "Remote Island Syndrome" Haruhi is extremely good at it during the club trip. Just before the [[spoiler:murder mystery]] starts, Haruhi throws one into Arakawa's face unerringly. The MoodWhiplash is quite hard, especially if you haven't read the light novels.
* CicadianRhythm: One of the various summery activities Haruhi forces the Brigade to participate in during their endless summer vacation is cicada-catching.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Clearest with the human interfaces' data manipulation (Yuki is even cast as an alien ''witch'' in Haruhi's movie for brevity), but also apparent with the technology of humans from the future, where mechanical devices seem to have been phased out. Kyon also quotes the law in the narration of ''Melancholy'' when Taniguchi asks him, "What kind of magic spell did you use?"
* TheClimax:
** Discussed at the beginning of ''Sigh'', when Haruhi demonstrates that the concept of TheClimax completely goes over her head:
---> '''Haruhi:''' There's something I've always wondered about. You often see people die in the last episode of TV shows and the like. Doesn't that feel unnatural? [[InsaneTrollLogic Why do they just happen to die at that time?]] It's strange. That's why I hate anything where someone dies at the end! I would never make a movie like that!
** The series' plot itself seems to agree with Haruhi, TheClimax happens in the chronological middle of the season, while the chronological ending is a generic filler episode.
** Consequently, Haruhi's failure to drive the movie's plot toward some sort of conclusion and the consequences of it turn out to be a major plot element of ''Sigh''.
** Season 2 actually has ''two'' climaxes, since that season is split pretty evenly into two "mini-seasons."
* ClosedCircle: Remote Island Syndrome. Haruhi wants to do one for fun, [[spoiler: and Izumi's esper organization obliges because they think she will be less likely to use her powers if she becomes afraid of excitement. It's [[InvokedTrope invoked]] actually. Izumi and the Organization provided the actors, island and mystery; Harui closed the loop by providing the typhoon! Kyon even [[LampShadeHanging lampshades]] it by name. ]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Haruhi.
** Tsuruya can also be considered one for her [[TheHyena tendencies to laugh at anything]].
** And even Nagato, if the short story she wrote in the 8th book is any indication, she views the world quite surreally.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Kyon is this to Haruhi in the open, while the rest of the SOS brigade are it behind the scene.
* ClubPresident: Haruhi makes herself this. Also [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Computer Club President]] is never properly named.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Lately each SOS member has been affiliated with a color.
** Haruhi is Red, which shows her [[GenkiGirl genkiness]] and her status as Brigade Leader.
** Kyon is Blue, which is [[RedOniBlueOni the opposite of red]], which suits him as Haruhi's opposite.
** Itsuki is Green, which stands for intelligence.
** Mikuru is Orange, because of [[HeroesWantRedheads her hair]].
** Yuki is Purple. She seems to be the [[RedOniBlueOni the blue oni on the outside, but is actually the red one on the inside]]. Red and blue make...?
** The image song albums had this first, but a few were switched around. Kyon's color is Yellow, Yuki's is Light Blue (which might have something to do with [[Creator/MinoriChihara her seiyuu]]), and Itsuki's is Purple (TheMovie's opening credits actually goes through these colors in the beginning). While we're at it, the covers also give us colors for Ryoko (Dark Blue), Tsuruya (Green), Emiri (Light Green), Kyon's Sister (Pink), and Taniguchi (Gray).
** The English paperback novels are, in order: red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and orange.
* ComedicSociopathy: If you can't [[InternetBackdraft handle]] Haruhi, stay back!
* ComfortingComforter: Last episode "Someday in the Rain". It's left unclear whether it was Yuki or Mikuru.
* ComplimentBackfire: Kyon slowly learns to talk about what he likes in general, instead of telling the Tsundere that he likes whatever she's doing at the moment.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Yuki plays by the rules when she's asked to, but has no qualms with fixing a game, computer or otherwise, to keep Haruhi happy. Of course, Yuki playing by the rules is like asking Stephen Hawking to do elementary school algebra. She's still a highly advanced lifeform capable of simultaneously controlling 20 independent units in the above mentioned game while at the same time hacking into said game, rewriting/reprogramming while said game is being played (at super speeds flipping through multiple windows), and casually carrying on a conversation.
* ContemplateOurNavels:
** Itsuki's favourite activity, much to Kyon's irritation. And, well...Shamisen too.
** [[spoiler: Towards the end of Disappearance, Kyon holds a good, long conversation with himself about whether he prefers a normal, quiet life, or the crazy, fun life as part of the SOS Brigade. The movie version is significantly longer, and includes mental imagery to represent Kyons thoughts.]]
* ContemptibleCover: The Japanese covers don't have anything like tacky battle scenes featuring {{Chain Mail Bikini}}s, but they ''are'' emblazoned with large pictures of anime girls. The English translation seems to be trying to play both sides of the issue by offering admittedly rather classy and mainstream-friendly [[http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/teens_books_9780316039024.htm redone]] [[http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/teens_books_9780316038799.htm covers]] for the paperbacks and retaining the Noizi Ito artwork for the hardcovers.
* CookingDuel: Chapter 3 of ''[[SpinOff The Vanishing of Yuki Nagato chan]]'' has one (or two, or twenty) between Yuki and Mikuru. [[spoiler:Asakura and Tsuruya win.]]
* CovertPervert: In the novels (and sometimes in the anime), Kyon is frequently filled with inner {{squee}} when Haruhi makes Mikuru cosplay. He also secretly likes how Haruhi's bunny costume shows off her curves and has a ponytail fetish.
* CreatureHunterOrganization: The Agency ([[UnreliableNarrator or so Koizumi says]]), a mysterious group of [=ESPers=] who fight [[TheHeartless manifestations of]] [[RealityWarper Haruhi]]'s teen angst in a PhantomZone of sorts. ItMakesSenseInContext.
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* {{Crossdresser}}: Debatable, as the tracksuit Haruhi wears when sneaking into North High in ''Disappearance'' is technically unisex. Then again, it ''is'' Kyon's tracksuit.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** A number of characters qualify (especially considering how many of them are hiding supernatural abilities), but the top of the list for being a formidable BadassNormal amongst the bunch is ''Tsuruya-san''.
** In ''The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part V'', [[spoiler: Tsuruya is seen in the background waiting for Mikuru while Mikuru and Kyon discuss Haruhi. It's unclear if Tsuruya actually heard what they were saying.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: Fujiwara has Kuyo manipulate Haruhi into this position in the final chapter of ''Surprise'']], deliberately [[InvokedTrope invoking]] the symbolism. Of course, the sheer cliché and [[ObviouslyEvil blatant villany]] doesn't escape a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] from Kyon.
%%* TheCuckoolanderWasRight
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* CursedWithAwesome:
** Kyon is both this and BlessedWithSuck for the same reason. Despite him constantly moaning about how he wants to have an average life, his bond with Haruhi means that he probably has the most control over her powers than anyone else in the series (even Haruhi on certain occasions).
** As mentioned under the BlessedWithSuck entry, Kyon decides [[spoiler:he has been [[SoCoolItsAwesome blessed with awesome]]]] in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya''.
* CuteLittleFangs: Tsuruya, also known by her FanNickname LOL Fang-tan. Played straight in that it actually gives her a speech impediment, which can be heard clearest in the school festival's restaurant speech.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Haruhi in "The Day Of Sagittarius".
* DancingTheme: The ED song "Hare Hare Yukai".
* TheDanza: In-universe. All the main characters in Haruhi's movie. More interestingly, the actors are all playing as their respective secret identities. [[AccidentallyAccurate Which Haruhi has no knowledge of]].
* DarkWorld: The Closed Space Haruhi creates is a gray world with no illumination, somewhat similar to an extremely overcast day. [[spoiler:Sasaki's Closed Space is warm and friendly, though still empty]].
* DayInTheLife: "Someday in the Rain."
* ADayInTheLimelight: TheMovie and the related novel for [[spoiler:Yuki]]. [[LiteralMinded Except for being three days long.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Kyon, the narrator.
* DeathGlare:
** Haruhi in "The Day Of Sagittarius".
** Also in the spinoff manga [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/nagato_yuki_chan_no_shoushitsu/v01/c005/9.html Asakura can do it with the most cheerful expression]]
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* DeepImmersionGaming: "The Day of Sagittarius".
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The beginning of the anime has notably less vibrant colors than the rest of the series.
* DepravedBisexual: Haruhi, though one should ''not'' take it as seriously as the trope depicts it.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud:
** The novels and anime frequently play with this. Since we almost never hear/read Kyon talking, only ''thinking'', it is even more surprising when people ''reply'' to thoughts they really shouldn't have heard.
** Made ambiguous when Kyon narrates with his mouth off screen, so the audience can't tell if he's speaking out loud or not. Making for even more ambiguity, Kyon's expressions aren't exactly opaque, so it would be quite easy for someone to guess what he's thinking and respond to that. And even if he was speaking everything aloud, Haruhi's selective hearing could steamroll right past it.
** And '''even more''' confusingly, sometimes people around him reply to thoughts that were clearly not supposed to be said out loud, but without noticing the parts ''in the same sentence'' that were not addressed at them, like how much he wants to punch Koizumi in the face, or how much he adores Mikuru.
* DidntSeeThatComing: A note to Kyon to meet after class was not what it seemed.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: In ''Disappearance'' -- Kyon vs [[spoiler:the Data-God that created Yuki.]] Kyon wins, by simply pointing out that he knows how to end the world with 4 little words: [[spoiler:"I am John Smith."]] The official translation gives it a whole second level of defiance.
-->'''Kyon:''' Tell him to ''suck it.''
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** Before that, [[spoiler:Kyon saves the universe by kissing Haruhi]]... which would make this something more like "Did You Just [[spoiler:Make Out with]] Cthulhu?"
** Kyon comes within a hair's width of this when Haruhi takes her abuse of Mikuru too far.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: Remote Island Syndrome, Haruhi starts out extremely polite to the owner of the mansion. He then mentions that he's rather surprised since he has heard she's rather... direct. At this point she dispenses with the pleasantries and launches a barrage of questions about how many mysterious events, murders, etc. have taken place there.
%%* DissonantSerenity: Koizumi.
* DisturbedDoves: ''Sigh''. They actually started out as ordinary pigeons, but changed to match the trope after Haruhi [[InvokedTrope invoked]] it.
* DitzyGenius:
** For a girl as smart and generally talented as she is, Haruhi is capable of being ''incredibly'' dense at times.
** ''The Day of Saggitarius'' showed that Haruhi is no Patton -- she puts so much emphasis on being HotBlooded that she seems genuinely perplexed and irritated that [[LeeroyJenkins "All ships charge!"]] is not an adequate strategy to win ''a tactics-based computer game.''
** So-called "Ultra-Director" Haruhi Suzumiya couldn't direct her way out of a wet paper bag (see above for her inability to even grasp a concept as simple as TheClimax) and "The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru" shows it, with its only redeeming grace being [[DeadpanSnarker Kyon's]] ''[[DeadpanSnarker glorious]]'' [[DeadpanSnarker narration.]] Yet Haruhi, without a trace of irony, proudly declares that it's ''worthy of an Oscar!'' Whether she's [[TedBaxter simply so arrogant that she thinks that ANYTHING she does is guaranteed to be genius]], or whether [[CloudCuckoolander her taste is simply so bad that she honestly believes this]] is impossible to tell.
* DivineDate: According to Itsuki, and others, Haruhi really wants to do this with Kyon. But she won't admit it, and he won't believe it.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Haruhi at the beginning, though she mainly doesn't like humans in general. Half of the time she barely acknowledged that men exist, or that there's some difference in social behaviour between boys and girls.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The sounds Haruhi and Mikuru make while Haruhi is dressing Mikuru in her bizarre outfits sounds a lot less like {{cosplay}} and a lot more like [[BlackComedyRape something else]]. Actually seeing what Haruhi is doing doesn't exactly clear up matters.
* DoubleStandard: There is a big difference on how Kyon treats Mikuru, and how he treats Haruhi. Also, Haruhi is way nicer towards Itsuki than to Kyon, and never gives Kyon credit for what he does, but congratulates Itsuki for everything. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody provides examples on the two cases.
%%* TheDragAlong: Kyon.
%%* DramaticWind: "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina."
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Arakawa. PlayedForLaughs in ''{{Haruhi-chan}}''
* DudeShesLikeInAComa:
** Subverted: Narrator Kyon implicitly threatens violent retaliation when Itsuki seems about to act out this trope with Mikuru in their film, as far as the viewer knows. Behind the scenes, he nearly ''does'' carry out this threat against [[spoiler: the person he holds responsible for it. It's not Itsuki.]]
** In a Season 2 episode Mikuru takes Kyon back in time 3 years, then promptly loses conciousness. Then Future Mikuru shows up to give Kyon a mission, saying she put her younger self to sleep because she didn't interact with herself in her memories. Kyon asks if he gets a reward for carrying out the mission, future Mikuru suggests that he can steal a kiss from her younger, unconscious self as reward. Try not to think about it too hard.
* DynamicEntry: Haruhi gives the Computer Club president one with both legs at once.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Arakawa (the butler from ''Remote Island Syndrome''), appears as the cab driver in episode five of ''Melancholy''. Because of the AnachronicOrder, though, this appearance was actually broadcast ''after'' RIS.
** [[spoiler:Sasaki's name (佐々木) can be seen at the top of Kyon's cell phone address book in the ''Disappearance'' ([[http://imgh.us/Sasaki_EarlyBirdCameo_1.png here]] and [[http://imgh.us/Sasaki_EarlyBirdCameo_2.png here]])]]
* EasilyForgiven: While it could be argued that Haruhi managed to avoid crossing the MoralEventHorizon, [[spoiler: Kyon still forgives her a bit too easily after she drugs Mikuru and he almost punches her for it.]] Granted that this was her beginning path towards CharacterDevelopment and he partially did it to avoid the universe being destroyed, it is still aggravating considering how she didn't even apologize for what she did.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Haruhi's SOS Brigade doesn't look like this... until you expand the acronym and find that the second S stands for Suzumiya.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:The giants in Closed Space]].
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Haruhi gets three of the four types she wishes for and usually missions will require the powers of multiple types.
** The goddesses are strategically as important as Kings in the game of chess and as tactically useless.
** The data entities are the strongest in tactical combat, and can dominate the environment like a Queen in chess, but are unable to effectively coordinate with each other, have limited social skills, and can't heal closed spaces.
** The espers hunt in packs and their ability to enter and heal closed spaces resembles knight moves in chess.
** The time travelers can rapidly advance or withdraw, but like rooks in chess they have limited flexibility once deployed and can get trapped.
** And ordinary human beings are pawns that get in the way of the others, but Kyon seems to be getting dangerously close to the final rank.
* EmotionlessGirl:
** Yuki Nagato, which is somewhat justified by the fact that she's a computer program. [[MindScrew Sort of.]] There are a few hints dropped to suggest that she isn't devoid of emotion, but rather she's just really bad at expressing them. The other constructs that have shown up didn't seem to suffer emotional constipation in the way Yuki does, suggesting they all have emotions, or at least can ape them convincingly.
** By ''Disappearance'', she's had enough CharacterDevelopment to [[spoiler: show visible sadness, surprise, and gratitude when Kyon places her under his protection from the Data Overmind]].
** In ''Snowy Mountain Syndrome'', which takes place immediately after ''Disappearance'', at one point Yuki displays what is best described as [[spoiler: loneliness]].
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: At one point hinges on the outcome of a baseball game, of all things.
* EndOfTheWorldSpecial: The entire plot revolves around Kyon, Yuki, Mikuru and Itsuki preventing Haruhi from causing such a thing with her powers.
* EnforcedMethodActing: [[invoked]]
** Presumably the reason Haruhi had Mikuru get groped and not herself. Nobody's gonna believe those photos without the girl showing true horror and shame!
** In ''Sigh'', the lead-up to ''[[StylisticSuck The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru]]'', Haruhi and Tsuruya dose Mikuru with a full cup of tequila. Kyon is not happy.
** Do NOT let Haruhi direct you in a movie, she's worse than Creator/JamesCameron. She will resort to extreme measures to get you to do what she wants you to do, including everything from getting her star drunk so she can't protest against doing stuff she'd normally never do to [[spoiler: subconsciously giving you lethal eye beams right in the middle of a scene]]
* EnemyMine:
** The SOS Brigade and the Computer Club team up to stop the StudentCouncilPresident from evicting the Brigade from the Literature Clubroom.
** [[spoiler:Similarly, the conflicting factions of the Data Overmind seem to have put their differences aside to confront the apparently hostile Sky Canopy Dominion.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: Yuki and Itsuki. Haruhi herself. Also Emiri later. Unclear for Mikuru.
* EpiphanicPrison: Subversion. The only thing binding Haruhi's power is her belief that she has none. Maintaining this disbelief is at least part of what the SOS Brigade does.
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* EveryoneCanSeeIt:
** Haruhi likes Kyon, no matter how deep in denial he is about it. This is so obvious that alternate!Itsuki in ''Disappearance'' can tell just from Kyon's cursory explanation of how things were back before the world-switch.
** [[spoiler: Sasaki ]] figures it out immediately when meeting Haruhi. [[spoiler: She then teases them about it. ]]
* EvilIsHammy: Fujiwara, after his VillainousBreakdown.
* EvilLaugh: Haruhi does this at least twice, both times after her HeelFaceTurn.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "[[RunningGag Endless Eight]]".
* EyeBeams: In ''Sigh'', Haruhi keeps coming up with colored contact lenses that each have a different type of eye beam. First is a laser, second is some sort of RazorFloss; Kyon states there are a few more, but the one we're shown shoots ''large metal spikes''. The official English translation mentions four contacts: the blue, for Mikuru Beam; the silver, for RazorFloss; the gold, for the spikes up above; and the green, for ''miniature black holes''.
* EyelidPullTaunt: The final shot of "Someday in the Rain." This is actually a nice reference to the cover of volume 6 (The Wavering) of the light novel where Haruhi is doing just that. Volume 7 (The Intrigues) features Mikuru, and volume 8 (The Indignation) has even Yuki getting in on the gag.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Itsuki, and in some cases, Kyon, as seen in ''The Day Of Sagittarius''.