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

* {{Jerkass}}: Haruhi in the beginning of the series. Until...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: What Haruhi eventually matures into.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: A GambitPileup, StableTimeLoop and LoveDodecahedron form around a WrongGenreSavvy OntologicalMystery title character and an UnreliableNarrator protagonist who doesn't really understand what's going on ([[ObfuscatingStupidity or does he?]]). Said narrator relays most of the background information and interpretation from a MrExposition who nobody completely believes or trusts.
* {{Joshikousei}}: In the book, Kyon wonders if the principal has a fetish for this, since male students wear blazers and ties, but girls wear the more traditional sailor uniform. Ironically, the [[http://www.hyogo-c.ed.jp/~nishikita-hs/ real school]] North High is based on features the ''opposite'' uniform configuration, with militaresque ''gakuran'' for boys and parochial-style uniforms for girls.
* JustEatGilligan: In ''Sigh'', Kyon repeatedly suggests doing this to Haruhi to solve the problem.
-->'''Kyon:''' Can't we just knock Haruhi out until the [[SchoolFestival festival]] is over?
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Notable for its ''[[AvertedTrope absence]]'' -- the series is set in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nishinomiya Nishinomiya]], on Osaka bay, in between Osaka and Kobe, home of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanshin_Tigers Hanshin Tigers]], etc. As the creator of the series was born and raised in Nishinomiya, it's not surprising he'd want to avoid the usual grossly exaggerated, stereotypical Kansai accent heard in most anime. This can also be excused by the fact that Kyon is an UnreliableNarrator; he could easily be rendering everyone's dialect (including his own) as Standard Japanese, just because.
* {{Kawaisa}}: The show is actually a huge sendup of the entire concept on some level. Mikuru is selected by Haruhi for SOS membership ''due'' to many of these characteristics... and those characteristics make her a ''doormat'' as a result. Haruhi herself could be a kind of [[GenkiGirl Genki Kawaisa]]... except that her exuberance means she doesn't understand what's appropriate and not (or at least, she doesn't care) making her ''profoundly'' annoying in many cases.
* KeepItForeign: "Why?" -> "naze?"
* KickTheDog: Haruhi, obviously. Most famously, the blackmailing of the computer club president. Some people don't find the molestation of Mikuru [[DudeNotFunny very funny]], either. In the novels, [[spoiler: Haruhi actually ''punched'' Mikuru on the head several times '''because her contact lens [[WrongGenreSavvy didn't fly out like in stories]]'''. ]] She nearly gets hit by one ''really'' (and understandably) upset Kyon, but Koizumi restrained him.
* KnifeNut: [[spoiler:Ryoko Asakura]].
* LampshadeHanging: Where to begin? Among the popular Japanese media tropes, if it isn't lampshaded, then it was probably invoked by Haruhi.
* LanguageOfMagic: Sped up and backwards played SQL queries.
* LaymansTerms: Particularly in the Drama CD. Kyon is fond of asking for his companions' {{Infodump}}s to be rendered in words he can understand, though he's generally good at getting the gist of things.
* LeeroyJenkins: Haruhi behaves this way when they play a LAN game against the Computer Club.
* LemonyNarrator: Kyon, ''especially'' in the novels.
* LighterAndSofter: While the main series is relatively light in tone, ''TheVanishingOfYuki-chan'' [[UpToEleven takes it even further]] -- it takes the world of ''Disappearance'' (with no aliens, time travel or psychic powers) and normalises it (no threat of it being remade). It also makes Kyon less snarky and cynical, Asakura isn't a KnifeNut PsychoLesbian, and Haruhi is pushy and abrupt rather than sociopathic. The entire series is a romantic comedy between Yuki and Kyon.
* LightNovels: The anime is based on them and so far covers the first four ''of eleven'' and some chapters from 5 and 6.
* LimitedWardrobe: Yuki. Eventually Kyon picks up that maybe she just ''likes'' her school uniform.
* LittleMissAlmighty: Haruhi, [[EpilepticTrees or maybe not.]]
* LittleStowaway: Kyon's sister tries this when the SOS brigade goes on vacation, but she gets caught in an instant. In the novels, she has to stay home, but in the anime they ultimately allow her to go with them.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop:
** There's a ''lot'' of things Haruhi doesn't know about herself and the other members of the SOS Brigade.
** The TimeTravel arcs often leave Mikuru in a similar position. Kyon, Yuki, and [[spoiler:Future Mikuru]] all know what she needs to do and why, but they can't tell Mikuru [[TimeyWimeyBall 'cos of paradoxes]].
** Kyon himself seems to be left out of a lot of the secret meetings between Yuki, Itsuki, and Mikuru.
* LockedRoomMystery:
** "Remote Island Syndrome."
** Done again with ''Where Did The Cat Go?'', the murder mystery that was ''supposed'' to be the main excitement during the ''Snow Mountain Syndrome'' trip.
* LostHimInACardGame: Haruhi bets Mikuru during "The Day of Sagittarius." When the Computer Club President is taken aback by this, she offers Yuki instead. And when Kyon protests her willingness to wager other people, she relents and offers herself an offer which the Computer Club president [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth very much rejects...]]
* LoveLetterLunacy: in the short story ''Charmed at First Sight LOVER'', Kyon transcribes a [[PurpleProse (hilariously melodramatic)]] love note from an old classmate to Yuki. Unfortunately, he when he's done reading it, he [[TemptingFate tosses it out the window]]--just as Haruhi is passing by. Or as Kyon puts it in helpful question-and-answer format:
--> Q: What was written on that piece of paper?\\
A: A confession of love for Nagato.\\
Q: Whose handwriting was on the paper?\\
A: My handwriting.\\
Q: What would a stranger think if he had read this?\\
A: [[NotWhatItLooksLike He'll probably misunderstand.]]\\
Q: Then what would Haruhi be thinking if she read it?\\
A: [[HilarityEnsues I don't even want to know.]]
* LotusEaterMachine:
** The AlternateUniverse in ''Disappearance'' seems to be like this for Kyon, but gets subverted when he goes into a panic over the one good thing it had over the real world -- that is, [[{{CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming}} the SOS-Dan]].
** Further played with in that a couple days without any leads finds Kyon falling back into routine, and it takes a further shock to snap him out of it.
* LyricalDissonance: The song "God Knows". The song is awesome, but the upbeat sound is overlayed with lyrics about a girl's love for/attempts to reach out to a man who's on the brink of despair.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Kyon on a bike with fireworks, in "Endless Eight".
* MagicalIncantation: See below.
* MagicFromTechnology: Yuki's incantations in [=SQL=].
* MaleGaze:
** Really confusing when used on Yuki's chest in ''Disappearance''.
** The pool scene in the 7th Endless Eight episode begins with Haruhi's bikini-clad butt taking up almost the whole screen.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Haruhi. It could even be said that the whole series is a Deconstruction of this trope, and just how annoying it would be to have someone like that around.
* {{Masquerade}}: On just about everybody's part.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: "Live Alive," is full of them in regards to Haruhi and the band ENOZ.
** When Kyon, Taniguchi and Kunikida are talking in the locker room at the beginning, you can see ENOZ arguing about performing at the festival and Haruhi approaching them about acting as a stand in for the singer.
** When they are standing in line at Mikuru's food stall, the two remaining members of ENOZ (Mizuki and Mai) can be seen running off into the distance.
** And when Kyon is talking to Taniguchi and Kunikida after they get out of the food stall, Haruhi and Yuki can be seen in their costumes with guitars strapped to their backs running off behind Kyon.
* MeaningfulName:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynic According to Wikipedia]], Kyon's nickname might come from κύων (''kyôn''), Ancient Greek for ''"dog"'', from where the word ''"cynic"'' may come from. Another possibility: Haruhi in the novels loves the story of ''{{Tanabata}}'', involving a romance between a man and a woman separated and only allowed to meet once a year; the Korean name for the man can be romanized as 'Kyonu'.
** Yuki's name as written means "has hope", which arguably fits with her later CharacterDevelopment. Written in another way, it can also mean "snow", leading to several snow motifs. The 8th novel suggests that "snow" meaning was why she chose this name for herself as a metaphor, because as the Entity is formless and unified, like a mass of water, or a cloud, she is individual, and material, like a snowflake originating from that water. Additionally, the kanji in her surname name can translate to "gate manager" (or "master", in that context), which makes sense since she's essentially managing a "gate" to the Data Overmind.
** Another probably intentional one -- 'Mikuru' written a certain way in kanji can mean 'future'.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: Played with in ''The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina'' when Itsuki and Yuki, to fill Haruhi's DarthWiki/WallBanger script improvise a dialogue and manage to talk for a full minute without saying anything that makes the tiniest sense!
* MetaGuy: Kyon, GenreSavvy DeadpanSnarker that he is.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Koizumi has a ''bad'' case of this; he just can't stop gesticulating whenever he talks, ''especially'' when he's [[MrExposition lecturing Kyon on something]].
* MindScrew: If you haven't been spoiled, watching the series from the start in its original out-of-chronological-order order, will mess you up.
* MiracleRally: Played with in "The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya". Yuki cheats and modifies the attribute data of the baseball bat the team uses ('Homing Mode'). Kyon asks her to disable it afterwards, and the team go right back to sucking again... but they still win. And then forfeit, because Haruhi's had her fun. And then Kyon sells the other team the bat.
* MistakenMessage: Ryoko's anonymous note on Kyon's UsefulNotes/InsideShoes locker.
%%* MomentKiller
* MoodDissonance: The episode "Sometime in the Rain" has Haruhi share an umbrella with Kyon, and act like she cares about him, as they walk home together. There's a sense of them almost being friends, honestly. It's a noticeable difference from where Haruhi was at the beginning of the show, and definite character development. It was a little hard to take at face value though, considering that Haruhi had spent the day forcibly dressing Mikuru up and filming her, after sending Kyon off on an errand so he wouldn't interfere. Of course, her [[spoiler: sending Kyon off so he wouldn't interfere counts as character development. She never worried about what anyone thought early on. ]]
* MoodWhiplash:
** Ryoko's conversation alone with Kyon at first sounds like a heartfelt confession of love... then it starts making no sense ("the higher-ups are all sticks-in-the-muds who can't keep up with change, but I can't afford such complacency out in the field")... and then [[spoiler:she says she's going to kill him, pulls out a big Rambo knife and lunges at him]].
** The movie [[spoiler:ends on a rather light note--basically, Kyon states he chose this world. It's way more fun here. I have to go back in time and make sure I don't screw up foiling Nagato's plan at some point, but whatever, time for some Christmas hot pot. Cut to the credits and an a capella song called "Gentle Oblivion". Especially sad when you realize that it's a character song for Yuki.]]
** Watch the cheery first episode of "Endless Eight," then watch the following ones.
** Kyon's confrontation with Haruhi in ''Sigh'' leads to a sudden change of the mood. And to a dark, overcast, rainy, musicless day.
* MoralityChain: The only reason Haruhi got any nicer is Kyon. And we don't wanna know [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt what would happen]] if he should die. But [[spoiler: Ryoko Asakura does.]]
* TheMovie: An adaptation of ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'', to be exact.
** BigDamnMovie: Naturally, since ''Disappearance'' is one of the more epic stories in the series.
* MrExposition: The show hangs a lampshade on this with Kyon constantly telling Itsuki, aka Mr Exposition, that he talks too much.
* MrImagination: Haruhi, naturally.
%%* MrSmith
* MrViceGuy: Haruhi starts out as a jerkass Genki Girl and eventually becomes, well, a selfish jerk who means well and values her friends more than making the world exciting.
* MsFanservice: Mikuru again.
* MuggedForDisguise: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Kyon during ''Disappearance'' (when [[spoiler: Koizumi and Haruhi, who attend a different school in the altered reality, try to sneak into North High]]), but averted with them using Kyon's P.E. uniforms instead. [[spoiler: Though Haruhi naturally thinks this trope is an equally good idea.]]
%%* MultipleDemographicAppeal: And how.
%%* MundaneFantastic
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Kyon using [[HotBlooded Hot Blood]] to [[spoiler:plan a day of homework and BREAK THE TIME LOOP]] in the anime version of "Endless Eight". It even had epic music to accompany it, and was preceded by the coolest and most dramatic "OhCrap Haruhi's about to leave the restaurant" sequence of all eight episodes (or maybe a bad acid-trip). This was a moment when the viewers were celebrating too.
** That five minute scene that climaxes in [[spoiler: Kyon stomping on himself with his decision to go back to the world he knew]] in the Disappearance movie.
%%* MundaneUtility
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Ryoko's motivation for stabbing Kyon in ''Disappearance'']]. Probably also [[spoiler: a secondary motivation when she initially tries to kill him in ''Melancholy.'']]
* MusicalPastiche: Soundtrack during the baseball match pastiches the theme to {{Touch}}).
* MyselfMyAvatar: [[spoiler: The Data Overmind/Sky Canopy Domain "Agents".]]
* MysteriousBacker: The Data Entity.
%% NamesTheSame is trivia and goes on the Trivia page. %%
* NecktieLeash: Mostly just in the anime. In the novels she leads him arm in arm. It shows character development for Haruhi when she stops dragging Kyon along by the tie and takes him by the hand instead.
* NeutralFemale: Mikuru. She even [[GenreSavvy knows]] that she won't be a combatant or competent.
* NewspaperDating: Kyon in the novel of ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya''.
%%* NewTransferStudent: Itsuki.
%%* NightmareFetishist: ''Haruhi''.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot:
** Episode 00 "The Adventures Of Mikuru Asahina", Mikuru's and Yuki's characters.
** Kyon's suggestion for the cultural festival: "Let's combine everything and do a fortune-telling survey play cafe."
* NextSundayAD: It's implied in ''Disappearance'' that Kyon's freshman year in high school started in April, 2010. (He mentions that the date, [[spoiler: July 7]], is a lucky date -- [[spoiler: 7/7/07]].)
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed:
** The series' setting is described/rendered in sufficient detail (in both novels and anime) to be readily identifiable as the author's hometown of [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/nishinomiya-hyogo-home-of-the-melancholy-of-suzumiya-haruhi/ Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture]], but it's never referred to by name in-series. Most likely, unwillingness to come out and say it is to avoid invoking a ''[[TheIdiotFromOsaka different]]'' [[TheIdiotFromOsaka trope]] based on the [[KansaiRegionalAccent dialect of the region]]. Nevertheless, there are a few dead giveaways in the series, such as scenes directly in front of (a circa-2006) Osaka Station in "''Melancholy'' III" and an establishing shot in "Endless Eight" that is unmistakably the waterfront of Kobe. (Perhaps the series' attention to detail is also its own undoing.)
** The American DVD release of Season 2 includes extra videos where some of the crew walk around the town visiting the real-life locations that served as the models for many of the scenes.
* NoNameGiven:
** Kyon, the Computer Club President, and Kyon's sister -- Kyon bemoans his stupid nickname but never says his real name (his school introduction is cut off). Even his sister's image song had to be titled as "Kyon no Imouto-san" or "Kyon's Little Sister". When someone is about to say the president's name, it is covered up by a sudden cut-off to a random cat meowing.
** The novels tease us by saying that Kyon's actual name is "hard to spell" and "regal sounding."
** At the beginning of "Melancholy", the introductions were alternately boy/girl, with boys and girls each being alphabetically ordered. After Kyon, Haruhi Suzumiya introduces herself, then Taniguchi. So Kyon's name likely starts with "Su," "Se," "So," or "Ta." Among the resulting possibilities are [[spoiler:"Nagaru Tanigawa"]] and [[spoiler:"John Smith" (''Jon Sumisu''), although in ''Disappearance'' Kyon makes it explicit that John Smith is not his real name]].
** Haruhi introduces Asahina to Kyon, but then fails to introduce Kyon to Asahina, a fact that [[DeadpanSnarker doesn't escape Kyon's attention]]. And a few days later, when Koizumi is introducing himself to the Kyon, Haruhi interrupts Kyon's self introduction with "That's Kyon!"
* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: First episode, which parodies most of the {{Japanese Media Tropes}} and many others in TheCatalogue.
* NonSequiturThud: [[spoiler: Yuki's messages to Kyon at the beginning of book 10 suddenly become completely unintelligible before [[HeroicRROD she]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation passes]] [[MindRape out]].]] ''Not'' PlayedForLaughs.
-->[[spoiler:yuki.n> i will not allow them to harm you or haruhi suzumiya]]\\
[[spoiler:yuki.n> this is one of my duti□□□□□□□□□ata integrati□□□□□□□ciousnes□□□□□□ttempt□□□□□□□municat□□□□□□□□□□□□□□anopy doma]]\\
[[spoiler:yuki.n> my operat?????文 ????OE??????文??? OE???????]]\\
[[spoiler:yuki.n> ????????OE?????文??? ??OE??????OEも????????????? OE??]]\\
[[spoiler:yuki.n> need to sleep]]
* NoodleIncident: Only Kyon's "dream" is shown in ''Snow Mountain Syndrome'', the other "dreams" sound interesting.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Koizumi, to Kyon's constant annoyance and the [[HoYay fangirls' constant delight]]. Asakura does so too with Kyon, though this is less noticeable since she is only present in a few episodes. In both cases it is unclear whether they are aware of how uncomfortable Kyon is.
* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: There are alien data creatures, life forms that are based around physical bodies, but their data can live without their silicon-based bodies. Wait! Doesn't it mean that maybe if humans are also like this, it could be proven that there is life after death for our non-physical part, call it data, mind or soul? The trope is averted, as Kyon '''does''' ask this question as soon as he can, and Nagato knows the answer [[spoiler: but it is classified information ]]
* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: Haruhi asks Kyon what's the most important thing to have when making a movie. He answers a unique vision and the passion to bring it to life. The answer she was looking for was "a camera".
* NotADate:
** Kyon and Mikuru. Aww.
** If you're talking about Haruhi's insistence in III, there's an even bigger one in the later novels. Mikuru actually asks Kyon out at one point, but [[spoiler: it's under orders, and [[BatmanGambit all so Kyon can stop a kid from being hit by a truck]].]]
** In a subversion, Kyon flashes back to one of these in when [[spoiler: Haruhi forces him write a ''romantic story'' for the required Literature Club publication. His sisters friend Miyoko wanted to see a scary movie that she was to young for. Since she's YoungerThanTheyLook (Kyon mentions she looks to be closer to his age than his sisters), she asks her best friends brother to take her; since it looks like a date, no one will question them.]]
* NotSoStoic: There's definite traces of actual emotion under Yuki Nagato's ExtremeDoormat EmotionlessGirl facade. She's still pretty hard to read though.
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** When Kyon picks up Nagato from the floor and Taniguchi comes in.
** Likewise the time Haruhi wrestles Kyon to the ground, sits on top of him, and tries to strip off his jacket. She just wants the paper in his pocket, but the scene is enough to traumatize Mikuru when she walks in.