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

* ObfuscatingStupidity: Kyon constantly denies knowing or understanding things that the events or narration show that he does, as a way of avoiding conversation with others; most notably Koizumi, but also quite a bit with Taniguchi.
** Itsuki initially believes that Mikuru may be using this to win Kyon over to her side.
* OccultDetective:
** Ostensibly the goal of the SOS Brigade, though they very rarely get around to it. Though, to be fair, the SOS-Dan's objective has already been fulfilled: "To find aliens, time travelers, sliders and espers and have fun with them", right...?
** They haven't found a slider yet. [[spoiler: Unless Kyon counts after "Disappearance". Probably not, though. It was ''technically'' the same universe.]]
** [[spoiler: In the eleventh novel, Yasumi fulfills the role of slider, joining the SOS Brigade in one timeline, and popping in to confuse Kyon in the other.]]
* OddFriendship: Kyon (laid-back and skeptical) and Haruhi (borderline sociopath with a huge belief in the supernatural). Really, everyone in the S.O.S. Brigade to some extent. Mikuru and Koizumi are in rival organizations, Yuki was not supposed to develop human emotions, and Kyon was not supposed to be there at all. Yet they all become friends.
* OffModel:
** Haruhi in the second season occasionally looks like one of the characters from ''{{K-On}}'' (also produced by KyotoAnimation) cosplaying as her.
** Ditto for Mikuru. Maybe even more so.
* OhCrap:
** In ''Disappearance'', Kyon's reaction to [[spoiler:the revival of Ryoko. Understandable when your last interaction with a person was her trying to ''stab you to death''. This reaction turns out to be [[{{Yandere}} wholly justified]], too.]]
** Towards the end of ''Melancholy'' Mikuru accidentally stumbles across the folder where Kyon stashed her sexy maid pictures. The dub put it best:
--->'''Kyon:''' I'm '''screwed!'''
** His general reaction to, well, [[spoiler:the disappearance of Haruhi is pretty frentic as well, especially since his initial thoughts center around the idea that she somehow unmade ''herself'' (and just how profoundly ''fucked'' the universe might be in this case, given what he knows).]]
** [[spoiler:Realizing the true nature of the paradox, what caused it, and exactly ''what'' his decision could mean for Yuki. (And everyone else, but Yuki above all.)]]
** In Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody, when young Haruhi says, "North High, huh," Kyon's eyes immediately show that he's fully aware of how monumental that moment is, and what it means for his future.
** Kyon is similarly disturbed in the preview for ''Surprise'' when [[spoiler: Yuki's text messages reassuring him that there is nothing to worry about suddenly degenerate into unintelligible gibberish, and he becomes horribly aware of [[HeroicRROD just how much strain Yuki is being put under.]]]] [[spoiler: And then Asakura comes back.]]
** Itsuki's face in the novels when he realises his screen-time in the movie he doesn't want to be in has been increased due to his questioning of the lack of characters. Considering his typical StepfordSmiler expression, the fact that his smile becomes visibly strained in the anime can probably still be considered an "oh crap" face.
** In ''Someday in the Rain'' Haruhi is [[spoiler: bending over a sleeping Kyon. She has her best OhCrap face of the series when he wakes up and she even holds it for about ''10 seconds'']].
** In ''The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya'', one of the climactic moments happens when Kyon [[spoiler: almost slaps]] Haruhi in anger after she declared Mikuru "property." Kyon is too upset to notice in the novels, but Itsuki stops smiling and is visibly alarmed (which, for him, may as well be as frightened as he can express) at this point. Itsuki later admits that [[spoiler: he was afraid that Haruhi would have had a breakdown and rewriten reality right then and there]] if Kyon hadn't been stopped.
** And earlier in ''Sigh'', when one of Mikuru Beams slashes the light reflector right above Itsuki's head. You know shit's gone completely out of control when Koizumi stops smiling.
%%* {{Ojou}}: Tsuruya.
* OldSchoolBuilding: The SOS clubroom is in the old wing of the school.
* OminousLatinChanting: BilingualBonus, to boot; the music is part of the first movement of Mahler's 8th Symphony, and the lyrics are taken from the Latin hymn, "Veni, Creator Spiritus", which talks about the creator of the world.
%%* OmniscientMoralityLicense
* OneHeadTaller: This becomes extremely obvious in the gender-bent fan version: when you switch the genders, the heights are also accommodated.
* OneMythToExplainThemAll: [[RealityWarper Haruhi]] is behind everything. Or [[TimeTravel time travelers]]. Or [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens aliens]]. Or [[PsychicPowers espers]].
* OneSteveLimit: Haruhi is a very common name in Japan, but in the ''Disappearance'' movie, on December 18, no one at Kyon's classroom seems to know a single Haruhi. [[spoiler:The novel explains that all of Haruhi's classmates from her junior high were out sick that day.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Kyon.
* OnlyOneName: We never get to know Tsuruya's complete name; it's never even made clear if Tsuruya is her first or second name. [[LastNameBasis People who don't hang around with her]] call her "Tsuruya-san" and Itsuki refers to "The Tsuruya Family", so it may be her second name, but [[GenkiGirl Haruhi]] calls her "Tsuru-chan" so it could very well be her first name. The fact that the name Tsuruya can serve as both doesn't help.
* OrangeBlueContrast: Somewhat. The covers of volumes 10 and 11 of the light novels are orange and blue respectively, and they're getting a simultaneous release. Bonus points because it further shows how Haruhi and Sasaki are on opposite ends of...whatever.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Kyon actually is confirmed completely 100% ordinary. Through background checks. For now at least. Considering that this is the Haruhi verse, it's quite possible that this will change. The fact that sliders are so far unaccounted for has caused many fans to believe that Kyon may eventually become a slider.
* OrWasItADream: What Kyon is asking himself after the climax of ''Melancholy'', until it becomes obvious.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Data entities like the cave cricket the computer club president ran afoul of can exist even after their physical medium has been destroyed. When Yuki is explaining this, she lets slip that this is true of data in general, not really anything unique to these entities. Kyon realizes the implications of that statement, and asks if human souls exist. Yuki's response is...interesting.
-->Nagato, she--\\
"..."\\
She was silent, she was blank, and yet I felt that there was some kind of a look to her. And so long as my perception wasn't indicating "zero"--\\
"..."\\
It was like she was trying to avoid smiling at her own joke.\\
"[[BorrowedCatchphrase That is classified]]."
* OutOfFocus: [[spoiler: Haruhi Suzumiya herself!]]
* OutsourcingFate:
** In Disappearance, [[spoiler: when Yuki left it to Kyon to choose between the old and new worlds]]
** Kyon does something like this on a daily basis in the series, but without anyone willingly empowering him.
* OverlyLongGag: "Endless Eight", with a full eight episodes. Based on one single 30-page chapter. With each episode about 24 minutes long, the gag ran for three hours and twelve minutes. [[InternetBackdraft It has not]] [[InternetBackdraft been received well]]. The ArcNumber is visually cued in episode 6: Kyon [[strike:endlessly]] repeatedly scrawls an '8' into Haruhi's checklist, and from the camera angle it appears to be the sign of 'infinity'. Yes, ''eight whole episodes'' were committed to this symbolism. Let's put this in perspective. While it only takes three hours and twelve minutes to watch every episode, this is not what was was Overly Long about it. Many fans watched these episodes ''as they came out'' over the course of a few months. Yuki Nagato was an effective [[TheWoobie woobie]] because after about 4 episodes the viewers began to get more and more frustrated and felt like they themselves were stuck in the endless recursion of time with the characters. It didn't help that each episode teased at breaking the cycle at the very end of each episode, only to have Kyon not know what to do/chicken out.
* PacManFever: Possibly justified, as it was a game built by a bunch of talented amateurs.
* PalsWithJesus: Kyon. To the point that anyone who wants to affect Haruhi in any way goes through him first (sometimes with a knife), to his irritation. It's combined with KidWithTheLeash for Yuki, who listens to Kyon and Kyon only.
-->'''Haruhi:''' Okay, Yuki, wreck her with your magic!\\
'''Yuki:'''[[SilentBob ...]] ''[looks over at Kyon]''\\
'''Kyon:''' ''[narrating]'' No. No. No. I shouldn't even have to tell you that.
* PandaingToTheAudience: In Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody, there is a picture of a panda on little Haruhi's shirt... teehee.
* PantyShot: There's one in "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina". Guess who it's from?
* {{Paratext}}:
** The layout of the 2009 episodes plays around with this by reflecting their content: the new episodes came three years after the first run, playing on the interval of time travel in "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody"; "Endless Eight" had eight iterations; and ''The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya'', about the SOS Brigade's creation of a movie, was treated like a single long movie-like episode and simply cut whenever each episode's time limit was reached (even in the middle of conversations). It had also become a minor meme to state that "Disappearance disappeared" or some variation of it, but it's now TheMovie. And it was released on DVD and Blue-Ray on December 18, a majorly significant date in the story.
** [[spoiler:Despite the majority of the tenth novel taking place in April, Kyon travels a month in the future in the ending.]]
* PetTheDog:
** Haruhi has a few. Most famously, the ENOZ concert and in the later novels... [[spoiler:Valentine's Chocolate!]]
** The way she deals with little kids, such as Kyon's sister, qualifies as well.
** She gets an explicit version in book 8 also [[spoiler: with Rousseau. ]]
* ThePhilosopher:
** Itsuki. Not only effective as ThePhilosopher but nearly as difficult to follow as his ancient Greek forerunners. Just trying to make sense of what he's saying is a mental workout, for the audience as well as Kyon.
** Kyon himself is a more down-to-Earth version of ThePhilosopher (especially in the books), but unlike Itsuki usually [[FauxlosophicNarration keeps it to himself]].
** Shamisen deserves an honorable mention. Although he only has one speech, he's a good enough philosopher that upon being introduced he manages to sidetrack the brigade members into a debate over the nature of conversation and away from the fact that, you know, '''''he's a talking cat'''''.
** Sasaki exemplifies this trope, so much that even the aforementioned Itsuki is impressed. You have to admire someone who can come up with a clever and confusing speech about light and quantum mechanics on the drop of the hat while talking about schoolwork.
** Haruhi will talk about her philosophy at various points [[spoiler: only when alone with Kyon though. Like when she explains how she became the way she is in ''Melancholy'' or when tutoring Kyon in ''Suprise''. She also knew the origin of Rousseau's name. ]]
** Asakura has a moment [[spoiler: as part of her MotiveRant]].
** Yuki has her [[spoiler: trust speech]]
** Kunikida even gets into it in book 11 [[spoiler: it's a [[ShipTease ship tease with Tsuruya]].]]
** According to Taniguchi [[spoiler: Kuyo Suo would do this on their dates.]]
* PinballProtagonist: Kyon. He grows out of it. [[spoiler:Because this sort of thing is part of what led to the events of ''Disappearance.'']]
* PinchMe: Kyon in ''Disappearance''. PlayedForDrama.
-->'''Kyon:''' Kunikida, I need you to pinch me. I'd like to wake up now.\\
'''Kunikida:''' Huh? Seriously?\\
'''Kyon:''' ''Yeah''.
* PinkySwear:
** This gesture has apparently persisted into the far future, if older Mikuru in "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" is anything to go by.
** The trope's name is also the title of [[ClassRep Ryoko Asakura's]] first ImageSong, showcasing her NiceGirl personality [[spoiler: before she decides to kill a man just to provoke a change in the status quo]].
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Despite being a club for investigating paranormal activity, the SOS Brigade rarely actually does anything, at least in the anime.
%%* PlayboyBunny
* PlotHole: [[LampshadeHanging Directly referenced]] and combined with IncrediblyLamePun in "Intrigues"; when Kyon [[spoiler: and future!Asahina-san (small)]] has to move a boulder, he comments on the crater it leaves behind and asks if anyone will notice it.
* PornStash:
** Well not porn as such, but Kyon has [[CovertPervert stashed a few photos of Mikuru]] that she most certainly wouldn't be happy about him having on the Computer Club's... that is, the ''SOS Brigade's'' computer.
** In ''Surprise'', he claims Taniguchi lent him a rare porno mag as an excuse to leave the rest of the Brigade. Haruhi is left speechless.
* PostEpisodeTrailer: The "[[AnachronicOrder broadcast order]]" featured Kyon and Haruhi arguing over the episode number. The "DVD order" has Yuki laconically state everything [[EmotionlessGirl deadpan]].
%%* {{Postmodernism}}
* POVBoyPosterGirl: Kyon is the POV protagonist, but Haruhi drives the plot.
* PowersAsPrograms: The humanoid interfaces.
%%* PowerNullifier: Yuki Nagato.
%%* PowerTrio: Ryoko as Id, Yuki as Ego, and Emiri as Superego.
%%* PowersThatBe
* PracticalVoiceOver: Kyon, narrating the first episode film.
%%* PragmaticAdaptation
* PrecisionFStrike: In the anime: "Then I'll tell everyone at school that all you geeks ganged up on her and f[[spoiler:uck]]ed her!" Of course, the line in the novel is the relatively innocuous "gang-raped". In the ''Disappearance'' novel, Kyon swears once at the very end (apparently for the first time in the series). By the ''Astonishment'' novel, he's less restrained.
* PrepareToDie: A crazed [[spoiler:Ryouko Asakura]] says this to Kyon in a [[DissonantSerenity rather pleasant tone]] before Yuki's BigDamnHeroes moment.
* PressGanged: Pretty much everyone in the SOS Brigade can attest that they were bodily forced- er, recruited using this method.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Haruhi throws some epic tantrums during the making of The Adventures of Mikuru and displays some of her worst behaviour for the entire series.
* ProlongedPrologue: The novels often have extremely long prologues, or at least chapters titled so. Kyon lampshades the very long prologue of ''Disappearance'', but the prologue in ''Intrigues'' is nearly twice as long as that, and the prologue in ''Dissociation'' is in turn considerably longer than ''Intrigues''. Kyon does have a point though, despite their length there really isn't any other name for them other than "prologue" as they don't quite fit into the story proper.
* PubertySuperpower: Haruhi and Koizumi both gain their powers at age 12 (Koizumi because of Haruhi).
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Classical music is used very effectively throughout the series (see the trope's page for details).
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Yuki, though she stops wearing them later.
* RapidFireTyping:
** And Rapid Fire Speaking, too. In fact, [[spoiler: being an alien,]] Yuki takes this to such a ludicrous degree that Mikuru gets scared [[spoiler: and Kyon gets nervous she'll blow her cover]].
** Yuki's typing during the Day of Sagittarius is so fast that an ordinary computer should be unable to keep up.
* RapunzelHair: Tsuruya has this, as well as Haruhi in the beginning [[spoiler: and in ''Disappearance'']].
* RealityWarper: Haruhi.
* RealPlaceBackground: The anime is set in [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/nishinomiya-hyogo-home-of-the-melancholy-of-suzumiya-haruhi/clearly recognizable locales in and around the city of Nishinomiya]], with occasional glimpses of Osaka (the Celestial attack in "''Melancholy'' V") and Kobe (the fireworks in "Endless Eight").
%%* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy
* RedArmbandOfLeadership: Haruhi, naturally.
* RedOniBlueOni: Asakura (Red) and Yuki (Blue). Actually subverted, as their ''inner workings'' are exactly flipped.
* RedPillBluePill: Kyon is given the choice to either [[spoiler:remain in the new world where espers, aliens, and so forth don't exist or return the world to its former crazy, troublesome self]].
%%* ReiAyanamiExpy: Yuki.
* RescueRomance : Well, friendship at least. The start of the Yuki x Kyon ShipTease is [[spoiler: her [[BigDamnHeroes saving him]] from [[KnifeNut Asakura]] ]]. Interestingly, she's portrayed as slighly creepy prior to this incident. After this, Kyon warms up to her a bit, and she is portrayed as much less creepy.
* ReversePsychologyMarketing: Over and over again. [[StockholmSyndrome Why do we keep coming back]]?
* RestrainingBolt: Yuki places one of these upon [[spoiler:''herself'' after the events of ''Disappearance'' as a precaution, disabling her ability to time travel via synchonization.]] This also has a unique [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] -- [[spoiler:losing her [[PrescienceIsPredictable knowledge of what the future holds]] gives Yuki "freedom beyond what I had imagined", allowing her to exercise free will for the first time... And as a result, she spontaneously offers to make dinner for Kyon and Mikuru. D'aww.]]
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: Throughout the Haruhi series, Kyon continually wishes that he were living a normal life. In the fourth book [[spoiler:Yuki]] provides just that.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Yuki Nagato fits this trope to a T.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Averted and played straight. Once in "Endless Eight" and once in ''Disappearance''. The times it is played straight are explained. [[spoiler:Yuki in "Endless Eight", because her information is the time frame]] and [[spoiler:Kyon in ''Disappearance'', because Yuki precisely made it so he'd remember.]]
* RobeAndWizardHat: Yuki wore this for her fortune-telling, the student film, and impromptu guitar replacement. "The Wizard of Rock" indeed.
* UsefulNotes/RoleplayingGameTerms:
** Often in the novels and once in the anime, Kyon references Haruhi having a negative effect on his HP and MP.
** Kyon also mentions stat points during "Endless Eight".
** In addition, during the baseball game, Yuki specifically says that she has enhanced the attributes on the team's bat.
** Kyon seems to be a fan of [=RPGs=] in general - he describes one instance (involving Mikuru and time travel) as "like a quest in an RPG" and wonders if he'll get an item as a reward.
* RubberFace: [[strike:Poor Mikuru]]. Hilarious punishment!
* RunningGag:
** Kyon always being the last one to arrive at any outing of the SOS Brigade, and consequently always being the one who ends up paying for the group's lunch.
** Itsuki will lose any game he tries to play.
** Yuki will make an obscure one or two word comment on something. Someone, usually Kyon, will ask her to explain. She does. [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness This]] [[{{Technobabble}} rarely helps]]
* SailorFuku: Kyon comments on the school's girl's uniforms in the first novel, and [[ConversationalTroping wonders if the principal has a Sailor Fuku fetish]].
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: This is set out for Kyon and Haruhi in the prologue of the first novel and extends to at least the tenth novel.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Yuki, until she stops wearing them. When the StudentCouncilPresident attempts to shut down the SOS Brigade, Kyon notices his glasses were flashing for no reason. "Are those special effects?"
* SceneryCensor: It's a RunningGag to have characters and objects blocking the view of Haruhi forcibly stripping a flustered Mikuru while commenting explicitly on her body. It was played most obviously and repeatedly in "Someday in the Rain", with recurring shots of Yuki discretely turning to gaze into the bookshelf while Itsuki courteously leaves the room.
* SceneryPorn: Compare [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/nishinomiya-hyogo-home-of-the-melancholy-of-suzumiya-haruhi/ the real town of Nishinomiya ]] with the anime. The similarities are astounding. Deserving special mention is TheMovie; the backgrounds are ''quite'' [[AnimationBump stunning]].
* SchoolClubFront: The [[FunWithAcronyms S.O.S.]] Brigade is one of these with a twist. On paper, it exists to find supernatural stuff (espers, aliens and time travellers, among other things). On application, it exists only to cater to every crazy whimsy that [[GenkiGirl Haruhi]] [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Suzumiya]] has. The 'twist' lies in that there *is* an [[HumanoidAlien alien]], an [[PsychicPowers esper]] and a [[TimeTravel time traveller]] amongst the members of the club-and their objective is to observe, report, and keep TheMasquerade in front of Haruhi's eyes, because she's a RealityWarper of massive power who could bring along TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt without even wanting to... and her getting bored increases the chances of it happening a whole damn lot. The LemonyNarrator and POV character of the show is the club's sole normal member, an UnfazedEveryman who is on the DarkSecret, and supports TheMasquerade whole-heartedly (if [[DeadpanSnarker snarkily]]).
* SchoolFestival: Drives all the episodes based off ''Sigh''.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Yuki Nagato will wear her school uniform even when the rest of her friends change into their casual clothes. Kyon suggests that maybe she just ''likes'' her school uniform because she exhibited similar behavior with her fortune telling/witch costume.
* SecretKeeper: For ''three opposing factions'', all whom seem to get along pretty well for opposing factions, although it is mentioned that certain parties within each group don't get along as well as the three close to Kyon. Until he actually [[spoiler: ''tells Haruhi about it''. [[CassandraTruth Luckily]] (?), [[CassandraTruth she's an Agent Scully]].]]
%%* {{Sekaikei}}
* SelectiveObliviousness:
** [[spoiler:Kyon's non-comprehension of Haruhi's feelings for him]] is acceptable in the anime, as the series is short and romance is not a gigantic focus, but it's getting downright ridiculous in the novels. It's even got Itsuki openly exasperated. Bear in mind though that in regards to his feelings for Haruhi, Kyon's an UnreliableNarrator. The issue is less any stupidity on his part and more of a refusal to understand. But on the other hand, there are occasions where Kyon's thoughts clearly betray that he knows that [[spoiler:if Haruhi gets jealous over him she might end the world]]. Happens in "Live Alive" and ''Sigh''.
** Given that twice in the anime ('End of the World' and Endless Eight) solutions cause Kyon to directly interact with Haruhi on a personal basis, it might be less of 'obliviousness' and more 'refusing to see it'.
%%* SeinfeldianConversation
* SempaiKohai:
** Subverted: Although Mikuru is Haruhi and the others' senior, she still gets used like a dishrag by Haruhi.
** [[spoiler:Yasumi calls Kyon "sempai".]]
* SequelHook: In the end of ''Surprise'', [[spoiler:Kyon travels a month into the future, and because there already is another Kyon in that future, he must return to mend the timeline. It also will serve for us to find out [[MindScrew what the hell happened.]]]]
** Part of the same time slip shenanigans, before Kyon travels [[spoiler:one month into the future, into Haruhi's room no less]], he actually gets dumped [[spoiler:into an even further future to a place that appears to be a college campus. To his surprise, there is an older Haruhi staring down at him in surprise and confusion as to why he's wearing his old uniform. The kicker? He also catches a brief glimpse of his future self running up just before he fades away with Haruhi smiling at him. The implication? Kyon and Haruhi are still together even in college. It's pretty good payoff when Haruhi had been helping Kyon to study throughout volumes 9-11. Even better yet, Kyon decides he wants to work toward making that future happen so he can see that Haruhi again.]] That's one hell of a sequel hook.
* SeriesContinuityError: In the movie, Haruhi says she had sworn off alcohol. However, the kids were never drunk in the anime version of Lone Island Syndrome. The dub sidesteps this, as mentioned above under {{Bowdlerize}}.
* SexyDiscretionShot: More like a nudity discretion shot. In "Someday In The Rain," whenever Haruhi changes Mikuru's outfit, the viewer is treated to what could only be described as sounds of [[BlackComedyRape rape]], a shot of Nagato's face as she's picking out a book, and Itsuki standing outside the room saying something completely unrelated. Nagato is apparently GenreSavvy and aware of the viewer and the camera placement during these scenes. At one point after switching out her books during one such occasion, she makes a deliberate glance at the bookshelf, and presumably, the viewer, as if she knows what we're all thinking.
* ShadowArchetype: Kyon and Haruhi to each other. Kyon is the rational AgentScully that Haruhi learnt to suppress for the sake of fun. Haruhi is the irrational DaydreamBeliever that Kyon learnt to suppress for the sake of order (and lack of disappointment) in his life. To a lesser extent, Itsuki and Taniguchi could be considered Kyon's shadows, contantly bringing up things that Kyon would prefer not to think about.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Haruhi is an example of this.
* ShipperOnDeck: Koizumi is pretty unsubtle about thinking Kyon and Haruhi should hook up.
* ShipTease: Everyone and everything.
** And all of the Kyon/Nagato shippers got a massive dose of ShipTease from the movie. Sadly, it looks like Kyon will [[FirstGirlWins always go back to Haruhi.]]
** At the risk of starting certain...[[ShiptoShipCombat arguments]] [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation he might just enjoy the old SOS Brigade and the weird things that happen around him when he's with Haruhi]].
** Kyon kissing the princess awake is naturally, yet frustratingly, wiped out with AllJustADream.
** Intensifying ShipTease concluding each episode of the "Endless Eight", until Kyon's ''momentous epiphany''...of AntiClimax.
** In ''Snow Mountain Syndrome" Kyon and Haruhi get into a spirited game of Twister.
** In novel 11, [[spoiler: Kyon is sent a month into the future. Where does he appear, you ask? ''On all fours over Haruhi in her bed.'' And Haruhi doesn't seem very bothered by it. To make it worse: ''She is the one who sent him there in the first place.'']]
** [[spoiler: As part of the same time slip, Kyon actually ends up going a few ''years'' into the future, appearing in a college campus, where an older Haruhi is waiting to meet him. She's initially confused at him wearing his old uniform, but smiles when Future!Kyon does show up.]]
* ShirtlessScene:
** Kyon in the second part of "Endless Eight". [[StupidSexyFlanders Stupid sexy Kyon]].
** Endless Eight VI has both Kyon and Koizumi in swim trunks, and Endless Eight V has Koizumi in what is basically a thong.
** Also, chapter 10 when Kyon and Haruhi crawled into a cave and took off their dripping shirts. This one, however, is {{fanservice}}-free.
* ShowWithinAShow:
** The movie.
** Also, the books within a book, when Haruhi forces the SOS Brigade to write short stories for a magazine [[spoiler: to save the Literature club from being disbanded due to lack of membership.]] Through these, we get some interesting looks at the personalities (and possibly even back stories) of the SOS Brigade; especially noteworthy is Yuki's, where it is hinted that [[spoiler: Kimidori has known Yuki since she was first "born," and helped her come up with her name.]]
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/HaruhiSuzumiya Has its own page.]]
* SightedGunsAreLowTech: The hypodermic dart gun [[spoiler:that Yuki gives to Kyon in ''Disappearance'' in order to inject the corrective program]] looks distinctly sci-fi-ish (or like a toy); either way, it is missing its sights.
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler: Watahashi Yasumi(zu) = Watashi ha/wa Suzumiya = I am Suzumiya.]]
* SilentBob: One single word with a bit of emotion from Nagato says it all.
* SillyMeGesture: Kyon's sister's trademark. Future Mikuru also does it in ''Disappearance''.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Yuki Nagato ''may'' be Kyonsexual. Given that she's a [[TheStoic stoic]] EmotionlessGirl who hardly [[TheQuietOne says a word to anybody]], it's interesting that she talks with and defers to Kyon on a regular basis. Then there's also that time Nagato [[spoiler:recreated reality, including shunting the other three members of the Brigade out of the way. The alternate version of Nagato had a pretty obvious crush on Kyon.]]
* TheSingularity: Mechanical technology is a dead end in the Haruhi-verse: both the [[spoiler:Aliens and Time Travellers]] are past it. [[spoiler: Mikuru]] can't operate anything more complicated than a flashlight because what she's familiar with isn't remotely similar; when asked about [[spoiler: the future, she can't reveal anything, but her non-answers imply that mankind doesn't even need to use ''boats'' anymore.]] This makes Yuki's love of ScienceFiction novels and games an interesting quirk.
%%* SitcomCharacterArchetypes:
%%** Kyon is the Square and the Wisecracker
%%** Haruhi is the Goofball and the Bully
%%** Yuki is the Stick
%%** Itsuki is the Sage
%%** Mikuru is the Precocious and the Goofball
%%** Ryoko is the Charmer.
%%* SkepticismFailure: One character ''causes'' skepticism to fail.
* SleepCute: Mikuru and Haruhi in "Endless Eight".
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: the series has three discernible layers with regards to this scale: a Mundane layer (Kyon, school life and the club's for-fun activities), an Unusual/Fantastic layer (the aliens, time travelers and espers, whose powers are bound by rules they don't create), and a Surreal layer (Haruhi, whose power is implied not to be bound by the rules that the others' are).
* {{Slipstream}}: With all the post-modernism, genre-blending, and the layered scale above, this is about as close to a genre as this series is likely to get.
* SlowMotionFall: Kyon in the Disappearance movie
%%* TheSlowPath: Mikuru.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Haruhi [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope during the filming of the movie by outfitting Mikuru with twin (airsoft) [[HandCannon Desert Eagles]]. The results are [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Melancholy_of_Haruhi_Suzumiya,_The about as awesomely, ridiculously hilarious as you'd imagine.]]
* SnarkKnight: If it was an actual chivalric order, Kyon would be its Knight Grand Cross, maybe the patron saint.
* SomeKindOfForceField: The walls of Closed Space.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "The Adventures Of Mikuru Asahina"; "Someday In The Rain" Arguably, [[GenreBusting most of the episodes anyway]].
* SoundEffectBleep: Kyon's Little Sister and Computer Society President's real names.
* SpaceWhaleAesop : Endless Eight [[spoiler: Haruhi created a GroundHogDayLoop that went around ''15,000+'' times and drove Yuki(who remembered all of it, rather than having her memory reset eachtime like everyone else) insane enough to cause the ''Disappearance'' plot line because....Kyon didn't do his homework. To be fair, her subconscious probably didn't know it would be as bad for Yuki as it was. ]]
* SparklingStreamOfTears: Mikuru, in the opening.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The usual problem with the extended "o" sound. [[spoiler:Kuyou Suo? Kuyou Suou? Kuyo Suo? Kuyoh Suo?]] For that matter, Ryoko/Ryouko Asakura. Her surname is easy enough, but her given name sparks nerd-fights over the exact way to spell it to reflect pronunciation.
* SpinOff:
** ''Manga/HaruhiChan''.
** ''Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan''
** ''Manga/NyoronChuruyaSan''
* SpinningPaper: Kyon randomly remembers a scene from a previous episode in this format.
* SpockSpeak: Yuki Nagato.
* SpoilerOpening:
** But only once you've seen the episode.
** For a BrickJoke SpoilerOpening, go back and rewatch "Bouken Dessho Dessho" after ''Disappearance''. Several scenes from the opening are taken directly from the movie.
* StableTimeLoop: Lots of these:
** Kyon is [[spoiler: John Smith]], who met a young Haruhi and influenced her to become who she is today; at one point in the novels, [[spoiler:there are four Kyons and three Mikurus existing simultaneously]].
** When an older Mikuru informs Kyon about her star-shaped mole, only to realize he was the one who told her about it, and he didn't know until she told about it. She's understandably upset at the implications.
** [[spoiler:Following Future Mikuru's instructions, the two of them plant the basic ideas of time travel in the head of a primary school boy. Present Mikuru recognises him as the future inventor of time travel.]]
** The events of ''Intrigues''. At the end of the novel Kyon sends Mikuru 8 days back into the past to find him and follow his instructions, because at the beginning of the novel he finds the 8-days-later Mikuru that he will send back.
** At the end of ''Disappearance'', [[spoiler:future Kyon, Yuki, and Mikuru come back to save Kyon's life after he's stabbed by Asakura. Think about that for a minute: If Kyon hadn't survived at that moment, he couldn't have gotten them to come back in time to save his life at that same moment. He lived because he lived.]]
* StarfishAliens: The Data Overmind and its "inhabitants" are really these, even if [[HumanAliens the Interfaces all look like high school girls]]. Also ''hilariously'' played with in the Book 10 preview, [[spoiler:as the residents of the Canopy Domain are incomprehensible StarfishAliens to ''the Data Overmind''. Part of the reason Ryoko engaged Kuyo was to try and gain at least a ''modicum'' of understanding of the latter. For Kyon's part, he finds Kuyo so unbelievably alien and bizzare that he calls her and her fellows straight-up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.]] Even more hilarious, however, is the suggestion that the Data Overmind [[spoiler:(and the Canopy Domain, for that matter)]] ultimately view ''humans'' as a kind of Starfish Alien. Just consider the fact that specific "Humanoid Interfaces" needed to be constructed [[StarfishLanguage to even attempt to communicate with mankind]]. It also explains a lot of their oddities; for example, Yuki's furnishings are very simple because she ''literally'' does not understand the need for decoration or comfort ([[CharacterDevelopment at least at first]]), those being relatively pointless (as we know them) to her in her "natural" state.
* StartMyOwn: Haruhi's motivation for starting the SOS Brigade. No bonus points for guessing who gave her the idea. Guessing that the same person also inspired the odd name? You might be a genius.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: During the filming of the student movie, an in-universe PlotHole is pointed out: If Yuki has the power to control minds, why doesn't she just mind control Itsuki instead of doing the whole roundabout method of recruiting him? Unfortunately, this is brought up while the camera is running, by the ''cat''. Kyon yells from offscreen for him to shut up, or he's not getting any dinner.
-->'''Yuki:''' Apologies. [[BlatantLies That was ventriloquism]].
* StepfordSmiler:
** Itsuki, always cheerful and smiling even if the world is in serious danger. Kyon is ''not'' amused. Itsuki is always smiling, anyway. There are many hints, even in the anime, that he is [[spoiler: jealous of]] Kyon a bit.
** [[spoiler: Ryoko Asakura. Big Time. Her cheerful personality is, at best a facade over total lack of emotion and lack of understanding of human concepts.]]
* StillTheLeader: Downplayed most of the time. There's no chance of Haruhi ever losing her role as the Brigade's official leader, but whenever Kyon starts making plans or instructing the other Brigade members without her input, she still feels obligated to remind him that she's the leader and it's her job to give the orders (even though she usually just ends up going along with his ideas anyway). Kyon attributes this to her competitiveness.
* TheStinger: After the ''Disappearance'' movie. Yuki is shown reading by herself at the public library, but stops for a moment to watch a [[CallBack boy help a girl make a library card]]. Yuki then looks toward the camera and does that adorable thing where she holds her book in front of her face with only her eyes peeking out over it. Who said Yuki needed emotions to be {{moe}}?
* StockholmSyndrome: Adult Mikuru looks back on the days in the SOS Brigade fondly. Whether it's really stockholm syndrome, or NostalgiaFilter, or she started to simply enjoy it for it's own sake is uncertain though.
%%* StraightMan: Kyon.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike:
** Kyon and Haruhi provide a number of subtle examples of this. Arguably the reason why Haruhi "chooses" Kyon.
** In the very beginning of the chronological first episode, Kyon specifically mentioned that in the past he hoped that there are "aliens, time travellers, and espers".
** Kyon seems to actually understand the logic of pre-SOS Brigade Haruhi's [[ImportantHaircut cyclical hairdos]], and can follow her explanation of which color belongs to which day. The only part they disagree on is the numbers assigned to the days: She says Monday is 0, making Sunday a 6, whereas he thinks Monday ought to be a 1, presumably making Sunday 0 or 7.
** In "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" there's a couple of superficially apparent false examples of this: Kyon tells Haruhi to go get the line marker before she explains what they're going to do (which visibly surprises her in the anime), and he also manages to guess the symbols are a message to Orihime and Hikoboshi without her explaining it. He has the advantage of, well, knowing high-school Haruhi, but her middle-school version seems surprised at John Smith's ability to understand what she's thinking. On the other hand, Kyon imagines the message scene when first told about it back in '''Melancholy'''. He actually got some of the details right, like her stealing the materials ahead of time.
** In "Someday in the Rain" and ''Disappearance'', both Kyon and Haruhi, upon being woken up by the other, think that the other one must have been drawing on their face.
** In the 8th book, both Koizumi and a random passerby come to the conclusion that cats and dogs must be avoiding a certain area because there is a hibernating bear somewhere. In the middle of the town. In the same book, both Haruhi and Sakanaka's father use the nickname "J.J." for a dog called Rousseau. Maybe they had the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Rousseau same philosopher]] in mind.
** In ''Sigh'', Kyon accurately guesses why Haruhi wanted to make a movie.
** 101 Hamsters, but perhaps this is an artifact of her powers at work.
%%* StringyHairedGhostGirl: [[spoiler:Kuyo Suo]].
* StudentCouncilPresident: The... um... Student Council President from the short stories. [[spoiler:Though he's really a PunchClockVillain working for the same Agency as Koizumi, and was brought into the school to prevent Haruhi from inventing her own BigBad]].
* StylisticSuck: The student film in "[[NonIndicativeFirstEpisode Episode 00]]". One of the few justified examples, as it's a student film, trying to look like a {{Toku}} show. Oddly enough, the effort required to achieve this look in animation makes it perhaps the most technically sophisticated episode.
* SubordinateExcuse : Haruhi uses this a lot to help out Kyon. It's her reason for [[spoiler: staying in the hospital in ''Disappearance'' and she tutors him later in the novels]]. Interestingly, she can take care Yuki because she's worried about her.
* SubvertedTrope: In ''Disappearance'' we are initially led to believe that, since he's in an apparently alternate universe, Kyon is technically our much-awaited slider. [[spoiler:He's proven to ''not'' be one in short order when we find out that he didn't go to an alternate universe; Yuki just changed everyone's memories in the current one.]]
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Yuki's unexplained guitar skills. Considering her other talents, this is pretty easy for her.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Yuki and the others of her kind.
* SuggestiveCollision: [[InvokedTrope Created]] by Haruhi so she could [[JerkAss blackmail]] the Computer Club President with the pictures.
* SuperDeformed: ''Haruhi-chan'' and ''Churuya-san'', though apart from these self-parodies, it consistently averts the trope.
* SuperPowerLottery: Yuki, ''and how''! Haruhi's got a winning ticket, but we'll see if she ever cashes it in.
* SuperReflexes: Nagato can react fast enough to block ''lasers''. That would require her to move at faster than light speeds. It's never made clear if the lasers gave some sort of sign that they were about to go off, giving her time to react, or if she can just ''move at faster than light speeds''. [[spoiler: Asakura's fight in ''Surprise'' implies that she [[TimeStandsStill stopped time]]. The Literature/HyperionCantos reference would also support this (it's one character's SignatureMove).]]
* SupportingProtagonist: Haruhi is usually the focus of the story (and leader of the brigade), but Kyon is ''always'' the main character.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: "God Knows" in "Live Alive."
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** In "Live Alive," after wolfing down his lunch at top speed, Kyon takes a walk just to settle his stomach and certainly not to look for Haruhi. Seriously. There was no other reason. Don't read too much into it.
** Also, when filming "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina," there was no extra footage of her being undressed by Haruhi. None. At all. So don't bother asking for it.
%%* SyntheticPlague: One of the characters knocks out half the class with a sudden flu so she can have some quality time with the male lead. Unfortunately there is one survivor who unravels her evil plot.