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[[caption-width-right:300:The novel that started a franchise.]]

''Full Metal Panic!'' is a hybrid novel/manga/anime franchise, which tells the stories of Sergeant Sōsuke Sagara, a young soldier of the mercenary anti-terrorism organization Mithril, and Kaname Chidori, the Japanese high school student he's assigned to protect.

Unbeknownst even to herself, Kaname possesses special knowledge that numerous organizations would like dearly to control for their own means. As such, Sōsuke is assigned to infiltrate her high school in order to protect her while pretending to be an ordinary student, and without her knowing that she's in danger. Sōsuke, unfortunately, has no social experience outside his military life, having been literally raised as a soldier, and thus has no idea how to properly act in civilian life.

HilarityEnsues but before long Kaname will be drawn into Sōsuke's world as well when the forces that want her for their own make their move to seize the girl, kicking off a globe-hopping plot as Sōsuke balances his bodyguard duties for Kaname with his duties as a member of Mithril's military forces.

''Full Metal Panic!'' originally debuted as a series of LightNovels in Japan, books with interspersed illustrations. The series proved so popular that it was adapted first as a serialized manga in ''Newtype'' magazine, and later as an anime by Gonzo Animation. Two more series, ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', and ''Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid'' were made by Kyoto Animation. While the original and ''Second Raid'' are both more serious action stories, ''Fumoffu'' is much LighterAndSofter.

Despite the multiple formats, ''FMP!'' has managed to remain rather consistent between the novels themselves and the media that adapt them, with only minor changes. The twelfth novel (which is set to be the last full-length volume, though more short stories have not been ruled out) was released recently, while the anime itself has adapted the storyline of the first five (Which are the only novels to have been released in English commercially). One of the mangas, ''Full Metal Panic Sigma'', covers the complete story, and has been fully scanlated into English. There was brief talk of a live-action movie adaptation in 2009, but that died down quickly and no more is expected to come of it.

However, there is now a new gaiden novel coming, set some years after the events of the last book, starring a bonafide [[LikesOlderWomen cake eater]], a new machine, [[spoiler: and a thrice divorced Kurz]]. [[http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu168/lengquanyeyue/2-9.jpg Spoilers ahoy.]]

'''The principal cast includes:'''

* Sōsuke Sagara, the lifetime soldier with NoSocialSkills who is attempting to fit into normal society so he can protect Kaname. Also referred to by the BigBad as [[ThatManIsDead Kashim]].
* Kaname Chidori, a {{Tsundere}} whose status as one of the mysterious Whispered is the driving force of the original plot.
* Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa, young captain of Mithril's aquatic base of operations, the ''Tuatha De Danaan'', and the other corner of the LoveTriangle with Kaname and Sōsuke.
* Melissa Mao, Sōsuke's HardDrinkingPartyGirl commander, and the CoolBigSis of the team.
* Kurz Weber, HandsomeLech and [[FriendlySniper crack shot with a sniper rifle]].
* Andrei Kalinin, tactical officer for the TDD and the closest thing Sōsuke has to a [[CoolOldGuy father figure]].

Intelligent and with a definite look at putting [[RealRobot realism]] into HumongousMecha, ''FMP!'' nonetheless is also charming, funny, and at times, touching. Certainly worth a look by most anime fans.

[[FullMetal Should not be confused with]] ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' or even ''FullMetalJacket'' - no matter what Sōsuke thinks. ''Definitely'' should not be confused with ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''.

Feel free to check out and contribute to the [[Characters/FullMetalPanic Character Sheet]].

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* TheAbridgedSeries: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/xexyzl And it's highly reminiscent]] of the early episodes of hbi's ''Berserk''.
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Between Hayashimizu's negotiation tactics and Sousuke's overkill.
** Handwaved as the Principal specifically not wanting to interfere in their decisions. The way she says it, we are definitely led to believe that she could if she wanted to. (The generous donations that Mithril makes to the school appear to have something to do with her attitude.)
* AccidentalPervert: Sōsuke. Happens so often that Kaname has become GenreSavvy about it.
* ActionSurvivor: Kaname is one at times, particularly when she got the jump on an assassin with nothing but a taser and a bathrobe.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''Sigma'', Kurz gets four chapters focusing on his backstory after [[spoiler:his apparent death.]]
* AdaptationExpansion: ''The Second Raid'' mostly adapts the 5th novel, ''End of Day by Day'', significantly expanding the smaller plot of the traitor in the novel, and doing sufficient justice to the story... and changing the male chinese twin assassins to girls, for added fanservice and emotional impact when they die.
* AlmostKiss: When pulling Sousuke out of the water near the end of episode 8 in Season 1, Kaname thinks he's going to kiss her, so she closes her eyes and puckers up. Then the next scene occurs, and Sousuke is merely getting excess water off his clothing, while Kaname is still in a kissing mode. She later angrily storms off when he thinks her red face is from sickness.
* AgainstTheSettingSun:
* AllThereInTheManual: Borderline, as one can follow the story easily in each incarnation, but the details missing from either adaptation still make this a completist's minor nightmare.
* AlliterativeName: Sōsuke Sagara, Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa, Melissa Mao.
* AloofBigBrother: Leonard Testarossa
* AlternateHistory:
** The Soviet Union continues to exist in the present and so does the Cold War (plus mecha).
** In addition, China went through a civil war, with Hong Kong partitioned into Communist-controlled north and Democratic-controlled south sections, similar to Berlin, and an ECS-using nuclear missile was used on US-led coalition forces during the 1991 Gulf War.
** [[spoiler: This is a plot point. According to both Leonard and Tessa, the experiment at Yamsk-11 made it possible for information to travel back in time and into the "whispered", which ended up altering history from that point forward.]]
* AlwaysInClassOne: Averted.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Played somewhat straight and subverted horribly in ''Sigma'' -- simultaneously, since there are two girls in question; Sousuke experiences an excruciating ten seconds where he wonders if he should save [[spoiler:Nami]] and probably die in the process, or let her die so he can save [[spoiler:Kaname.]] He decides with just two seconds left to try to [[TakeAThirdOption save them both.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:he waits too long, and the guy holding a gun to Nami doesn't wait until the ten seconds are up before shooting her multiple times in the chest.]]
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: The Lambda Driver, though most characters who have it are awesome enough without having to use it.
* AndManGrewProud: The first TAROS, left behind in Yamsk 11, was an experiment that went horribly wrong. Even while it's deactivated, getting close to it causes you to experience deja vu over and over, and, if you discover its true power, you'll be driven to kill anyone else around to have it all to yourself. All the scientists working on the project died that way.
-->'''Kaname:''' ''This ruin is the product of human insanity and arrogance.''
* AndThisIsFor: Kaname includes this in her speech she gives while beating the ever-loving crap out of a [[HeroicBSOD BSODing]] Sousuke.
-->'''Kaname:''' This is for the pain in my heart! *BAM!* This is for the pain in my body! *BAM!* And this is for . . . THE PAIN IN MY SOOOOUL! *BAM!!*
* AngerBornOfWorry: Kaname.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove:
** Gauron's "I LOVE YOU KASHIM!" Sōsuke was NOT amused.
** [[spoiler: In ''Come Make my Day'', when Kaname and Sousuke get to speak to each other for the first time in six months (over the radio), they both finally admit their feelings for each other and promise to share their FirstKiss the next time they meet in person. Which doesn't happen for ANOTHER six months...]]
** Tessa does this to Sousuke in the OVA. Being [[ObliviousToLove Sousuke]], he completely misinterprets it.
** Used as a gag in ''Fumoffu'' episode "The Hamburger Hill of Art", when Ono-D is "killed" by one of Sousuke's traps and, over the radio, asks Kaname for a final date. She responds "Not gonna happen", and he signs off by shouting "You're so mean!"
* AscendedExtra: Yu Fan and Yu Lan in the anime.
* AsleepInClass: In the second novel, Sousuke falls asleep with his eyes open after having spent the night dealing with a HumongousMecha rampaging through Tokyo.
* TheAtoner: Kalinin towards Sōsuke, as revealed in their backstory. He always feels extremely guilty for [[spoiler:allowing Sōsuke's mother to die, and also for leaving Sōsuke in the orphanage which led to Sōsuke eventually becoming a [[TheStoic cold-blooded]] killer]].
* AxCrazy: Gauron, Gates, the kid who piloted the Behemoth... Pretty much all Lambda Driver users except Sousuke, point of fact.
* BadBoss: Gates, who has a RunningGag about killing his own men for pretty much no reason at all.
* BadAssBoast: In Episode 13 of Season 1, during a heated argument, Tessa says that she can pilot an AS better than Mao can. Mao then challenges her to an AS duel, with the loser having to run around the base naked, and in the heat of the moment, Tessa agrees to it.
* BadassNormal: After ''TSR'' Kaname certainly gained this status. Also, is hinted in one episode in the first season, that she'd make an awesome AS pilot.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Most noticeably in the first anime's opening.
** Averted in ''The Second Raid'' with Yu Fan and Yu Lan.
* BatmanGambit: Gauron pulls one off at the end of the first season. [[spoiler:He attacks a chemical weapons dump, knowing Mithril will come to stop him; when they do, he surrenders, claiming his AS overheated. He and his AS are taken into custody on board the Tuatha de Danaan - which turns out to have been his objective all along so that he can take over the ship, although he's foiled in this by the main cast (and also fails to [[TakingYouWithMe die taking Sousuke with him by self-destructing his mech]], which was his backup objective).]]
* BeachEpisode
* BeautifulAllAlong: Although she's pretty cute normally, [[http://www.mangareader.net/full-metal-panic-overload/5/23 THIS]] is what Kyoko looks like with her glasses off and her hair let out of its braids.
* BecomeARealBoy: This happens to Al, Sousuke's support AI. Through out the series, Al develops human-like traits like making jokes, using sarcasm, annoying Sousuke by playing BGM during battles, and making decisions based on "gut feeling" rather than calculations. This cumulates in the penultimate chapter of the series right before Merida Island was hit by a nuclear strike, Al asks Sousuke "I want to try something, but first I want to ask. Am I human, or machine?" and Sousuke responds with "...decide it for yourself. People... do that." This in turn saves both Sousuke and Al by allowing Al to activate the lambda driver on his own without a human catalyst.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Sōsuke and Kaname.
* BetweenMyLegs: Chidori has this shot in episode six and episode 10, and episode 11 of ''Fumoffu?''.
* {{BFG}}: The ARX-8 Laevatein's 165mm Demolition Gun. Even more so in Long Range mode, with an effective range of 30 KM!
* BigDamnHeroes: Most of the major characters have at least one throughout. Even Kaname has one at the end of Second Raid, when she helps snap Sousuke out of his HeroicBSOD.
* {{Bishonen}}: Kurz Weber, Leonard Testarossa. Hell, Leonard is as pretty as his sister. Sousuke's good looks are also noted, but he doesn't fall into the trope's aesthetic.
* BlackBox: Black Technology.
* BloodKnight: Gauron. He doesn't care which side he's on, as long as he can cause destruction and have his FoeYay with Sōsuke.
* BodyguardCrush: Sōsuke, on Kaname obviously.
** This becomes an important plot point in The Second Raid, and leads to Sosuke's HeroicBSOD later on.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Referenced in episode 6 as part of a whole reference to ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid. Kurz and Sousuke are even prepared to invoke this trope at that point, but then the Arbalest AS arrives.
* BoobsOfSteel: At least regarding the relative athletic and combat skills of Mao, Kaname, and Tessa.
* BondOneLiner: One line of Sousuke's becomes this in the English dub. When asked "Who are you?!" during his infiltration of the enemy base during the school trip, his answer in Japanese is simply, "The garbage man," but in the dub it becomes, "I take out the garbage."
* BoyMeetsGirl: The first novel and first episode is ''literally'' called "Fighting Boy Meets Girl".
* BreatherEpisode: ''The Second Raid'' episode 6, "Edge of Heaven," the haircut episode.
** Episodes 8 and 13 in the first season, which are rather light-hearted compared to the previous episodes where a lot of intense action takes place.
* BridgeBunny: When first meeting Tessa, Kaname (trying to be GenreSavvy) assumes she couldn't possibly be the captain of the De Danaan and must be one of these instead. Tessa plays along, just to mess with her.
* BrickJoke: During the Behemoth Arc, as Sousuke and Kurz make their way to A21's ship, Mao trails them in her M9, and keeps running into highway signs. Mao remarks that at least it isn't as bad as Hong Kong, with signs everywhere. The endgame of ''TSR'' takes place in Hong Kong.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Mao
** Tessa can seem like this, at least in the first few episodes of the anime. Her clumsiness is PlayedForLaughs in ''Fumoffu''.
* BusmansHoliday: The "Into the Blue" arc (covered in the third novel and last part of the anime) has Sōsuke inviting Kaname to a Mithril-held island so they can have something resembling a normal summer vacation trip. Unfortunately, they didn't count on Gauron attempting to hijack the Dannan...
* ButNotTooForeign: Belfangan Clouseau and Kurz Weber.
* CanNotSpitItOut: As a RomanticComedy, naturally Sōsuke and Kaname can never work up the nerve to express their feelings in words. [[spoiler:They finally do so in "Come Make My Day", after spending months apart and going through hell to see each other again.]]
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Sōsuke funny enough he got drunk, and passed out, off amazake, which is a sweeter, low-alcoholic version of traditional sake. He only drank one cup.
** As of recently in the novels, he literally CantHoldHisLiquor, due to [[spoiler: debilitating internal injuries courtesy of a rifle round that relieved him of a portion of his liver, among other things]].
* CastingGag: In episode 14 of the first anime, the OpposingSportsTeam's leader is a parody CharClone voiced by Creator/TetsuInada, who's played that role twice before in a more serious capacity[[note]]As Harry Ord in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' and Elzam Braunstein[=/=]Ratsel Feinschmecker in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''[[/note]].
* CatchPhrase: Sōsuke. "Not a problem".
* CaucasianAsian: An early episode has one of the KGB agents referring to Gauron as a "Chinaman". He corrects the agent, saying that he's Japanese. Given the original market, it seems to be more to explain to viewers that Gauron isn't Chinese despite having a Cantonese handle (technically speaking, he's known as "Gaulung") and [[spoiler: to foreshadow that he's not Khmer, despite his service as a ChildSoldier under the Khmer Rouge.]]
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Tessa lets her frustrations spill out in episode 8 of ''The Second Raid'', not to mention her anger at being the odd girl out in the LoveTriangle.
* ChasteHero: Sōsuke doesn't understand ''anything'' about romance. He thinks that "kissing" is a synonym for CPR, "flirting" means trapping girls in cages and holding them captive at gunpoint, and that a condom is for storing water. His squad was going over the supplies he packed to try and blend in as a high schooler, and they found a condom. Mao asked him if he knew what it was for, and he said storing water. It's a very common survival kit supply item, specifically because of how much water it can hold.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The red-haired Whispered girl Sousuke saves in the first episode returns later in the novels and actually helped design the ARX-8 Laevatein for him.]]
* CherryBlossoms
* ChickMagnet: Sōsuke. Kaname, Tessa, Ena Saeki, Gray (who has heavy implications of being at least ''attracted'' to him), and Nami (from the novels) have the hots for him. Several girls at his school also show that they find him extremely handsome. And that's not even getting into how EvenTheGuysWantHim...
** Remember that drugged-out whispered girl at the very beginning of the series that Sousuke rescued? Later on in the novels, she plays a larger role (and yes, she has a name - Mira Kudan), and guess what? She also has the hots for Sousuke, and sends him a love letter telling him she had already given her heart to him since that time. She's a [[GenreSavvy realist]], though - she acknowledges that if she were to put the moves on him, Kaname and Tessa would kill her.
** Sousuke is some sort of "Whispered" magnet. As mentioned by Tessa, he seems to be have some sort of connection with the "Whispered." Every female "Whispered" that he has met has fallen for him, and fast. Even the male ones have connections; he is the only person recognized by Al, the ARX system developed the Bani, as its pilot and Leonard has great hatred for him, which itself is a strong connection.
* ChildSoldier: Sōsuke. Pretty much all of the various ways in which he is "stupid" about the world is because he has literally known nothing outside of the mercenary life until he gets assigned to protect Kaname. Full Metal Panic loses something of its comedy when you realise that Sōsuke's antics are caused because of complete and total ignorance of anything that doesn't have to do with killing and surviving to keep on killing.
* ChivalrousPervert: Kurz all the way.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Gauron. He changes sides like crazy, without much reason other than that another side will give him more [[BloodKnight opportunities for destruction]] and [[FoeYay meeting Kashim]].
* ClassRepresentative: Kaname.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Kaname vehemently denies having feelings for Sousuke, but sure hates it whenever Tessa is around him. Especially in Fumoffu.
** Mizuki in episode 8 of the first season. It's likely she wrote/spread the rumors about Kaname, leading Sousuke to interrogate Shirai in the boy's restroom. After her breakup, she forces Sousuke to pretend to be her boyfriend for her friends, and Kaname doesn't exactly feel comfortable with it. Particularly when Mizuki has him practicing saying "I love you" to her, and later on when he kisses her in front of her friends.
* ClosetOtaku: The OVA reveals that Closeau, the head of the SRT, is a huge anime fan, but keeps it under wraps because he wants to be a seen as an authority figure to his subordinates
* ClownCar: The ''Tuatha De Danaan'' looks like a exceptionally large aircraft carrier turned into a submarine when we see it from the inside or during one of its oceanic voyages, but then an AS (25ft tall) stands on top of the thing and suddenly we find out it's the size of a frigate ''at most''. Which means there's no way any of what it carries can fit in it at all. "Toy Box" indeed.
* ClusterFBomb: Sōsuke cusses [[spoiler:Kaname]] out in the last novel, [[spoiler:yelling out to her that she's a "stupid bitch"... which is what makes her snap back into reality]]. ** And Gates from the English dub of The Second Raid.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Sōsuke is the [[strike:king]] AnthropomorphicPersonification of this.
** Special mention for Kurz who upon seeing the gum that Gauron very deliberately pressed into his Arm Slave complains about litterbugs. Thrown gum does not flatten like that!
* ConspicuousCG
* ConspiracyTheorist: Mithril has programs that troll online forums and denounce anyone who makes connections about events Mithril was involved in as a conspiracy theorist so that nobody pays any attention to the (sometimes accurate) conclusions that the posters are coming to.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In the novels, Mardukas threatens Sōsuke with such punishments as [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus making him Silly Walk around the base and having him teach the self-defense class using a banana]]. Sadly, these references are removed from the anime.
* CoolBigSis: Melissa Mao, who references the trope [[OneeSama almost by name]] in ''The Second Raid''.
* CoolOldGuy: Kalinin
* CoolShip: The Tuatha De Danaan, of course.
* CombatPragmatist: Sōsuke has certainly studied in the ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' school of Bringing a Gun to a Knifefight.
** Among many other things. Offhand he has: Fought martial artists with shotguns, tear gas, beanbag rounds from a grenade launcher, and ''hand grenades'', used his small size/young age to get the drop on enemies, shown a willingness to use anything nearby as a weapon, threatened to blow up an aggressor's child brother, disguised himself as a cartoon mascot, shot people in the back, and [[GroinAttack targeted the groin of both men and women]].
* CrazyPrepared: Sōsuke. In one episode, he's even shown having a biochemical suit handy.
** The various death traps mounted around an onsen resort in the manga count as well. With, of course, a little help from Mao (or maybe ''she'' set it all up herself).
* CrapsaccharineWorld: A strong argument can be made for this, given that the Cold War is still ongoing as of 1998 (novels)/2002 (anime), China is in the middle of a civil war between Communist North and Democratic South, Hong Kong is split in two, controlled by North and South China, at least one Soviet submarine attempted a nuclear strike on London, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan succeeded, Mikhail Gorbachev was assassinated and ''glasnost'' never happened... the list goes on and on. This is what prompts Leonard's plans of remaking the world, [[spoiler: which Kalinin buys into.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Inverted. [[spoiler: Mithril was founded and initially bankrolled by Mr Mercury, last of the original founders of Amalgam, to stop his out of control creation.]]
* CreepyTwins: Yu Fan and Yu Lan
* CrossdressingVoices: MamikoNoto as Shinji Kazama?... Okay then...
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadAss: Sousuke at first seems like an awkward guy who's a bit too obsessed with the military, but put Kaname or any of his other friends in danger...
** Tessa as well. She seems like comic relief with her [[{{Dojikko}} clumsiness]], but when its [[LetsGetDangerous time to get serious]], she can prove to be quite a formidable opponent as well, such as when Gauron tries to take over the Tuatha De Danann.
* CurbStompBattle: Happens to Kurz when he first fights Gauron, who barely manages to escape.
** Gauron in fact does a lot of these until he's fighting Sousuke 1 on 1.
** Sousuke later delivers one to Amalgam at the end of Second Raid after snapping out of his HeroicBSOD.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Second Raid'' is marginally DarkerAndEdgier than the first season, and can come as [[MoodWhiplash quite a shock]] for viewers coming fresh off of ''[[Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu Fumoffu]]''.
** BloodierAndGorier: ''The Second Raid'' is also a significant margin grittier than the original ''Full Metal Panic''. Special mention goes to a scene where a man's throat is cut open, and all the muscles and cartilage inside is clearly visible.
*** The Full Metal Panic Sigma manga is this to the 3rd anime season and it's even more gritter, one of the changes is with the twin sent to kill Kaname instead of getting her neck crushed like in the anime she is instead nearly blown in half with some of her guts sent flying from the Gun blast from the [[DeceptivelyHumanRobots Alastor's]] ArmCannon.
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport: In ''The Second Raid'' Gauron has been reduced to lying in a bed tied to a machine after he was defeated in the previous season, but still manages to ruin everyone's day.
* DatingSim: Sōsuke plays one of these to help him better understand women. [[HilarityEnsues It doesn't work.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: ''Al''[[note]]The AI for the Arbalest[[/note]], of all people, in the OVA episode following ''The Second Raid''.
** Believe or not he's even more so in the later novels suggesting they sing or tell jokes in the heat of battle to calm themselves down...all in that cold robotic voice. Much to Sousuke's chargin of course.
** Of course, from Second Raid, we have:
---> '''Sousuke''': It seems you think you're funnier than me.
---> '''Al''': Affirmative.
* DeathSeeker: Gauron, Gauron, Gauron. Extra irony in that, for the majority of the entire series, [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat he just can't seem to.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Again, Gauron. He wants Sousuke. He ''really'' wants Sousuke. So much so that he will describe his fantasies to Sousuke.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:At the end of season one, they plug Kaname into a machine that was never mentioned up until that point, have her control the ship in ways that were never mentioned to be possible prior to that episode, and pretty much have her save the day with absolutely no warning.]] Wonderful.
** To be fair, it's explained better in the novels. But since it's done mostly through inner monologues, it was difficult to do in the anime.
*** Not to mention, the Deus Ex Machina was kinda the ''point'' (almost literally). Kaname herself doesn't know what she's doing at the time, and it is a valid plot point that they keep seeking an explanation for during several books, and is only truly revealed in the last 2 novels. So I'd say they get a pass with this one. Now, ''Gauron'', on the other hand...
* DieHardOnAnX: Captain Sailor treated ''A Dancing Very Merry Christmas'' as Die Hard On A Cruise Ship. The Mithril agents who had taken the ''Pacific Chrysalis'' refer to the person trying to retake the ship as "John [=MacClane=]".
* DisposableLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Arguably, Nami.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Sousuke. Duh.
* DistressedDamsel: Kaname
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A ''hair cut'', of all things. The entire scene is treated with a large degree of intimacy, and afterwards Sousuke and Kaname are acting as though they just got it on. ''Normally'' this would sound ridiculous... but since it's ''Sousuke'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext it makes sense]]. On Sousuke's part, that act was probably the equivalent of them making out, taking into account his [[ChasteHero intimacy]] [[{{Asexuality}} issues]] and the fact that appealing to his [[ThePowerOfTrust trust issues]] turns him on more than anything else (including [[{{Stripperific}} skimpy outfits]] or [[ComicallyMissingThePoint overt flirting]]). On Kaname's part, this act was ''the most intimate'' that they've had. Seeing how their relationship thus far had strictly been on a NoHuggingNoKissing basis, her standards of intimacy had been lowered considerably. So in other words he closest thing to sex with Sousuke was giving him a haircut. [[note]]To go further, even with ''Kaname'' being the one to do it, he ''still'' has trust issues about it that subconsciously bother him later on. He has nightmares about it, where she ''slits his throat with the razor''. So yes, to him, it was a bit ''too'' intimate and a ''very'' large sacrifice for him to allow her to do that. Guess she was moving too fast for him.[[/note]]
** The "Feudal Japanese Spider-Man" [[ShowWithinAShow show in Second Raid.]] Spider-Man gets this a lot with his webbing, but this time the webbing ''really didn't'' look like webbing at all. Especially when he shot it all over that guy's face.
* {{Dojikko}}: Tessa
* EasyAmnesia: Played for laughs in ''Overload'', where Sousuke accidentally falls into one of his own traps and loses his memory. Chidori explains to him who he is and what his mission is, which makes him laugh and call it [[SelfDeprecation ridiculous]], [[BreakingTheFourthWall like "something out of a novel or manga."]] He gets his memory back when Chidori kicks him off the roof. And then he loses it again when a pebble falls on his head. The chapter ends with [[CrowingMomentOfFunny Kyouko throwing pebbles at him, making him forget everything and then ask Chidori why she's angry over and over again in rapid succession.]]
* EnjoKosai: Fleeing an assassin, Kaname first plays this trope straight to convince a middle-aged salaryman to take her to a love motel so she'll have someplace to hide. Once there she promptly subverts it by zapping him with a stun gun and handcuffing him to the bathtub, telling him it's his own fault for being such a perv.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Sōsuke. Along with being a total ChickMagnet, he has Gauron as a crazed StalkerWithACrush, (in the manga) the school swim team instructor [[HotForStudent has the hots for him]], (in an episode of ''Fumoffu'') a CampGay trio of bullies are ''way'' too eager to see him swim naked in a lake, and Zaied's attachment towards Sōsuke could very well be in the realm of HoYay.
* EvilGloating: A lot of the villains like to do this, notably Gauron.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Gauron has a sense of humor... except it's a [[BlackComedy really horrible one]]. {{Lampshaded}} and made fun of in TheAbridgedSeries.
** FauxAffablyEvil: Gauron and Gates.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* {{Expy}}: Sōsuke is generally viewed as one for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]], both being {{Stoic}} ChildSoldier HumongousMecha pilots with [[BodyguardCrush Bodyguard Crushes]] on their show's strong-willed female lead. The major difference is the personal problem they overcome over the course of the series: for Heero it's [[RedemptionEqualsDeath suicidal tendencies]], for Sōsuke it's [[RaisedByWolves social awkwardness]].
** HilarityEnsues when the two meet in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'', which results in Sōsuke taking Heero on as a [[SempaiKohai Sempai]] in order to try and become less awkward in non-combat situations.
** [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Admiral Jerry Borda]], according to WordOfGod, is an expy of former US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jerome Boorda.
** Majeed, the [[RedBaron Tiger of Badakhshan]], the mujahedin leader who was Sousuke's target (and later commander), is an obvious expy of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir.
* ExtendedDisarming - See {{Hammerspace}} below.
* EverybodysDeadDave:[[spoiler: The end of the Rising Wind in the Homeland arc.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Many examples throughout the series, mostly focusing on the female characters. [[MrFanservice One bit for the ladies]] that particularly stood out, however, was Sousuke walking out of the shower... not wearing a ModestyTowel.
** Also, in The Second Raid, when Kaname was giving Sōsuke a haircut, she had told him to turn to the right. He then moves to the left, prompting her to say "No, your other right." He then gets a clear view of her cleavage.
** Lampshaded in Fumoffu, in the next episode preview of A Goddess Comes to Japan: Pt. 1
->The girl you have all been waiting for finally makes her appearance! The beautiful Captain Tessa from Sousuke's secret organisation is coming to school. And that would be what they call 'service for the fans'.
* AFatherToHisMen: Andrei Kalinin. [[spoiler: So much so that Sousuke can't kill him in the last novel, in their duel to the death - Kalinin eventually dies of crash injuries]].
* FishOutOfWater: Sōsuke; to a lesser extent Kaname, since she's a lot more assertive and emotionally open than most Japanese people due to her spending part of her childhood in America.
* FissionMailed: A non-VideoGame example. [[spoiler:At Yamsk 11, after coming into contact with the Whisperer, Kaname seemingly goes nuts and shoots Tessa and Sōsuke dead. Sōsuke wakes up shortly thereafter, realizing that it was just a vision of a possible future. Kaname, however, remains convinced that it really happened and they're both dead; after it's revealed that the Whisperer took over Kaname's body, we learn that the real Kaname was forcing her to believe in the illusion so Amalgam wouldn't consider Mithril a threat anymore and lower their defenses.]]
* FlawedPrototype: as powerful as the Belial and Laevatein are, thay are also very flawed, the belial is entirely dependent on its lambda driver for offence and defence, and the only reason the Laevatein can even move is becuase [=AL=] is there
* ForbiddenFruit: There's just ''something'' about how mysterious and unattainable Sousuke is that makes people [[ChickMagnet really]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim want]] him...
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Whether on purpose or by coincidence, the lyrics to "Tomorrow" (the first anime's theme song) end up foreshadowing [[spoiler:the series' final arc, where the villains' goal is to change history while Sōsuke and Kaname fight to preserve the world that exists now]]:
-->''Let's go and find out''\\
''The reason we're born into this world''\\
''Holding on, even to our pain''\\
''Let's go and welcome the new world.''
* ForMassiveDamage: The cooling system for the Behemoth's lambda driver is located in its ass, and when sousuke destroys it the [[SquareCubeLaw machine tore itself apart under its own weight]]
* GaussianGirl: Gauron, while reminiscing about the "beautiful" 12-year-old Sōsuke, is shown seeing Sōsuke [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SousukeGaussianGirl.jpg in this manner]]. Yeah, Gauron [[{{Shotacon}} has]] [[AxeCrazy problems]].
* GenderReveal: the last episode of ''The Second Raid'' reveals that [[spoiler: Wraith]] is a woman (the "fat man with glasses" she had always previously appeared as apparently being some sort of full-body disguise)
* GeniusDitz: Tessa
* GenreSavvy / WrongGenreSavvy: Kaname, ''especially'' in the books, watches entirely too many action movies for her own good. Sometimes it's beneficial, usually it's not ("Please! I know captains are tough old bastards like Sean Connery. [[BridgeBunny You're one of those people who read telegrams or something]].")
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: A rare female-to-male example, at the end of TSR.
** Kaname does a one-person version during the vacation hijacking early on: when the Whisperings start becoming too much to bear, she bashes her head against a nearby tree, which seems to do the trick and helps her focus enough so she can radio Sousuke to tell him about the Lambda Driver.
* GetUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: An unusually militaristic example, but quite noticeable in The Second Raid. Sousuke spends half his time playing OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent with Kaname, and the other half participating in dangerous missions with Mithril. Particularly amusing in the 5th episode, when Kaname calls Sousuke's cellphone to complain about him missing a test and potentially being held back a year... while he's in the middle of a high-speed CarChase involving copious amounts of heavy weapons and StuffBlowingUp.
* GratuitousEnglish: Kaname should probably work on hers. "Don't Worry, Everything is gonna Happy. ♥"
** "HEYYYYYY, PRETTY JAPANESE GIRLS!"
*** Of course, Kurz speaks fluent Japanese; his brief use of GratuitousEnglish when introducing himself to Kaname and Kyouko is a completely intentional FunnyForeigner act.
** Mao says "SHUT UP!" instead of the traditional "urusei!"
* GroinAttack: Kurz attempted one in episode 23 to Gen (one of Gauron's moles). It just didn't work because [[IDontKnowMortalKombat he sucks at close combat]].
* GuiltyPleasures: The Second Raid: the OVA is about Tessa trying to get her teddy bear back before somebody else finds out about it. Clouseau tries to keep his Anime habits a secret as well, mostly PlayedForLaughs.
* GunNut: Sousuke is a major gun nut, as well as being rather TriggerHappy and storing large amounts of guns into HammerSpace.
** Shinji loves all things military, with his love of guns only second to Arm Slaves. When he bumps into Sousuke on Kanami's deck they get so distracted talking about weapons that they forget why they were even there in the first place.
* {{Hammerspace}}: ''Where'' exactly does Sōsuke pull out all his weapons and equipment from?! With [[CrazyPrepared how much stuff he carries]], his uniform or pockets should be a ''lot'' bulkier...
* HandsomeLech: Kurz
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Sōsuke. Because he's less good and more of a military IdiotSavant who happens to be to working on the side of a heroic mercenary group. He does get better as exposure to Kaname (who, admittedly, could ''really'' benefit from some lessons in properly "training" him) and a normal life starts to get him to understand that his way of viewing the world isn't the only way to do so.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: You can consider Amalgam [[spoiler:considering its establishment.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Sōsuke spends a substantial portion of ''The Second Raid'' in the throes of one.
* HeroicResolve: Kaname often instills this in Sousuke, such as his first fight in the Arbalest, against the Behemoth, and later during the end of Second Raid.
* HeyYou: Gauron tends to call certain people by overly familiar names, and when they express discomfort and anger, it [[{{Jerkass}} only fuels him to do it more]].
* HeyYouHaymaker: Sōsuke uses this one on the head of the Amateur Karate club while he's distracted by flirting with Kaname. Not that he's jealous or anything, he just needed to defeat the guy so they would leave and let the club house be demolished like the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil wanted.
* HostageSituation: Handled by Sōsuke in a typically insane way.
* HumongousMecha: With hair! (The hair's used for cooling)
* HyperspaceArsenal: Sōsuke's -- mostly in ''Fumoffu'', but it pops up briefly in ''The Second Raid'' as well.
** Gets a lampshade in ''The Second Raid'' where, after Sōsuke pulls out a bunch of non-lethal weapons (like stun guns and tear gas), Kaname remarks "And as usual, I have no idea where you were keeping all that."
* HypocriticalHumor: In "The Second Raid", a weapons dealer orders a client who refused to pay killed. He also orders all said client's men killed. Then he sings Ave Maria. When he finally snaps out of it, he realizes that because he killed all the men he can't get paid. So he laments how the world has turned to violence.
* IdenticalGrandson: In Sōsuke's backstory, he's revealed to look ''[[http://pics.livejournal.com/fmp_misha/pic/0003kbfy exactly]]'' like [[http://pics.livejournal.com/fmp_misha/pic/0002w2ch his mother]]. No wonder EvenTheGuysWantHim...
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The titles of the Japanese light novels follow the format "[Verb, usually progressive] [Three word English phrase]."
** And the titles of the side-story collections are puns on Japanese phrases containing the number of the collection.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: [[spoiler:In "Come Make My Day", Leonard tries to [[BreakThemByTalking Break Kaname by Talking]], offering her a gun and saying she's free to leave if she can work up the nerve to kill him in 30 seconds. While Kaname can't bring herself to do it, when Leonard tries to take the gun back she struggles with him and ends up literally shooting him in the face, which results in his nearly dying, coming away with a vertical scar between his eyes.]]
* IllGirl: A good bit of Kurz Weber's pay turns out to go towards the medical bills of a girl who was critically injured by [[spoiler:his ColdSniper mentor, Casper]].
* ImprobableAge: Sōsuke; Tessa
* ImprovisedWeapon: Kaname use of second base to knock out Sōsuke comes to mind.
** Not how it sounds; a literal second base
* InfoDrop: In the anime adaptation, Chidori mentions that she's an orphan when bitch-slapping a captured enemy. "Oh, you've got no parents? Well, same for me and Sergeant Sagara over here." Up until that point, it's not explicitly stated that her parents are dead, and the statement goes a long way toward explaining her character (and current living conditions).
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Gauron is this way towards Sōsuke, calling Sōsuke the "Assassin-Saint Kashim", and tries to [[MurderTheHypotenuse get Kaname killed]] because she changed Sōsuke.
* InterserviceRivalry: It's alluded to in ''TSR'' and ''End of Day by Day'' - Mithril's Intelligence Division and Operations Division don't really see eye to eye on a lot of things.
** More humorously, Mao reveals that when she [[RunawayBride ditched her wedding to join the Marines]], the recruiters kept trying to talk her out of it... until they learned her old man was a USAF Colonel. "Okay, sign here."
* InSpiteOfANail: [[spoiler: The Chernobyl accident [[MindScrew happened in our world regardless]]. In the AlternateHistory, it happened years earlier thanks to the accident at Yamsk-11.]]
* IronButtmonkey: Sgt Sossuke Sagara.
* ISurrenderSuckers: This is how Gauron (with a little help from his infiltrated friends) took over the Tuatha de Danaan at the final episode arc of the first season.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: [[ChildSoldier Sousuke]] is playing an arcade light gun game, and doing quite well until he runs out of bullets. After a moment's indecision, he pulls out his personal pistol and blows the game away. When it's explained to him that you're supposed to shoot away from the screen to reload, he protests that [[HypocriticalHumor that would be horribly unsafe]]. (He's not ''wrong'', FromACertainPointOfView: pointing, let alone firing, a gun at something you don't plan to shoot violates one of the three core rules of gun safety.)
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Kurama killing Nami.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Kalinin talks to Sōsuke about how "science fiction" weapons like the Arm Slaves exist despite all logic saying they shouldn't.
** In "A Cat and Kitten's Rock & Roll", Tessa is late for her duel against Mao, to the latter's annoyance. Kurz recognizes that she's doing it on purpose like UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi, but Mao's never heard of him.
* LastNameBasis: Sōsuke and Kaname towards each other, at first. She warms up to him enough to start calling him "Sōsuke" after the plane hijacking (novel #1/episodes 4-7 of the first anime), while he doesn't start calling her "Kaname" until [[spoiler:the end of the final novel, when they're reunited after a year apart and become an OfficialCouple, complete with their long-delayed FirstKiss.]]
* LaughingMad: Kaname has a crazy laugh that she gives whenever she's lying about something -- such as the possibility of being attracted to that nutcase Sōsuke. Or that his latest bone-headed antic bothers her in the least. [[{{Tsundere}} Be afraid. Be very afraid.]]
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: ''Manga/DeathNote'' characters can be sighted briefly in ''The Second Raid'', and a superhero from a show Kaname watches bears more than a passing resemblance to {{Spider-Man}}[[note]]His name even contains "kumo", the Japanese word for spider.[[/note]], among several others.
* LeftHanging: Many important plot points, such as the origin of the Whispered and Black Technology, have been left unanswered by the end of ''The Second Raid''; however, they are answered in the source novel material.
* LethalChef: Kalinin's effort to replicate his late wife's special borscht requires on-the-second stirring, PH balance testing, Cocao powder, and Miso Paste; the result is enough to make Sousuke ''very anxious'' to be ''anywhere else''. It's heavily implied that Kalinin's wife intentionally made terrible food as her "revenge" for his being MarriedToTheJob, but he seems oblivious to that fact.
** In the manga, Sousuke tries cooking rice in a rice cooker. Over a fire. Indoors. Later he manages to make a good-looking Hamburg steak, but Kaname learns the hard way that he over-salted it.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Fumoffu'' and the OVA episode, "A Relatively Leisurely Day in the Life of a Fleet Captain", taking place shortly after the events of ''The Second Raid''
** The spinoff manga ''Overload'' is so lighthearted and silly that it makes even ''Fumoffu'' look serious.
* LikesOlderWomen
* LiveActionAdaptation: Mandalay Pictures has announced they have acquired the rights. See WTHCastingAgency below...
* LongingLook
* LonersAreFreaks: Sousuke ''specifically'' tries not to get too attached to anyone. Unfortunately, being a MagneticHero, people just keep flocking to him. Gauron later tells Sousuke the opposite of this trope - that being a loner is a ''good'' thing, and being surrounded by friends weakens him.
* LoudGulp: Sousuke visibly gulping can only mean one thing: Kaname is '''PISSED.'''
* LoveAtFirstSight: No matter how you look at it, Gauron (in his own warped, weird way) fell in love at first sight with "beautiful" Kashim.
* LoveHotels
* LoveLetterLunacy: Starting with the lockers being demolished again...
* LoveTriangle: Kaname, Sōsuke, Tessa. Sōsuke, Kaname, Leonard. It's hinted that there is one (albeit very warped) with Gauron, Sōsuke, and Yu Fang and Yu Lan.
* LuminescentBlush: Sōsuke does this a few times, most notably in ''Fumoffu''. It's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sousuke_blush.jpg really]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sousuke_blush2.jpg rather]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sousuke_blush3.jpg entertaining]].
** Kaname has one in the first episode when discussing that weirdo Sōsuke on the phone, showing that she's lying about not finding him attractive.
* MacGuffinGirl: Kaname, to a minor extent. Not so much "seeking" her as "protecting," but the idea is the same.
* MafiaPrincess: Ren
* MagicFromTechnology: The Lambda Driver allows HumongousMecha to pull off distinctly magical feats, such as throwing around [[KamehameHadoken blasts of destructive energy]] and casually defying the laws of physics to allow a grossly oversized mech to move. Oh yeah, and it runs on the strong emotions of the pilot.
* MagicSkirt: In ''Fumoffu'' and ''The Second Raid'', most definitely ''not'' present in the first series, coincidentally the only Gonzo-produced one.
* MarriedToTheJob: Sōsuke. Completely socially inept, and ''very'' dedicated to his job. This becomes a major plot point in ''The Second Raid''.
* MascotWithAttitude: Bonta-Kun. More specifically, Sousuke's own Bonta-Kun combat suit.. which has a cross-shaped scar on its chin.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: 24 December 1981 (or 1984 in the anime), 1150 GMT.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Gail [=McAllen=].]] He gets a kiss [[spoiler:then a few episodes later he dies]].
* MeaningfulName: The top bosses of Amalgam all have names that refer to metals. The original founders were American, Russian, German, Japanese, and English; since Amalgam's founding was just after World War II, these men obviously wouldn't ordinarily get along, hence the name Amalgam. Mithril is also the name of a metal, though a made-up one; it's a metal that's lighter and stronger than tempered steel, found in the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' universe.
* MentalTimeTravel: The "Whispered", to some extent.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Later on in the novels, Sousuke gets the ARX-8 Laevatein to replace the destroyed ARX-7 Arbalest.
* MisguidedMissile:
* MissionControl: Tessa often performs this role, but sometimes Mardukas or Kalinin does this as well.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: John Danigan and Nguyen Bien Bo]] in the original series, [[spoiler: Vincent Bruno]]in ''The Second Raid''
* MomentKiller: TSR, Episode 13. It's not even a kiss, but when that group of girls comes out of the classroom to find Kaname [[spoiler:crying]] in Sōsuke's arms, juuust as he was about to [[spoiler:hug her for the first time]], he gives up and lets them assume whatever. Argh!
** Not to mention earlier in the same episode where Kaname hilariously does this to ''herself''. Of course, [[{{Tsundere}} she blames Sousuke]].
* MoodWhiplash: The manga alternates between several chapters of hilarity involving Sōsuke's misadventures at school and longer, far more serious story arcs with more realistic battles involving giant robots and people getting blown up.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: ARX-8 Laevateinn]]
* MotiveDecay: Amalgam had good intentions back when it was formed. By the time of the story, roughly 50 years later, every leadership position in Amalgam other than Mr Mercury's had been replaced at least twice, with people who were invariably not as principled as the founders, resulting in the organization that is Mithril's nemesis. [[spoiler: In fact, Mr Mercury was so horrified as to what Amalgam had become that he ''created'' Mithril to stop them.]] [[invoked]]
** It's stated that, given enough time, Mithril would suffer the same fate as Amalgam, as the original members would be replaced and their objectives would change.
* MultinationalTeam
* {{Mundangerous}}: Anything that Kaname is holding becomes dangerous when used on Sōsuke.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Sōsuke reciting his class responsibilities after being asked "Who are you!?" in the middle of an sequence where he trashes five other Lambda Driver-equipped Arm Slaves. After almost fifty episodes in which Sousuke defined himself mostly or entirely in terms of his military functions - a theme that was especially prominent in ''The Second Raid'' - it was at the very least an impressive bit of CharacterDevelopment to see him embrace the nonmilitary part of his life so passionately.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Depending on how you look at it, this could be considered Gauron's intention when he orders the Chinese twins to kill Kaname.
* MusicalPastiche: [[http://www.esnips.com/doc/3a4b4866-e8f4-42c3-9da0-a669cbd08570/Tokkou-Yoraou "Tokkou Yarou"]] (meaning roughly "Suicide Squad"), the track used for the Next Episode previews, is a pastiche of ''Series/TheATeam'' theme song (''Tokkou Yarou A-Team'' was the show's Japanese MarketBasedTitle). It tends to be used when ''FMP'' appears in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', particularly as Bonta-kun's theme.
* NailsOnABlackboard: Kaname uses this to calm a mass panic instantly. [[spoiler:The mass panic is the result of class 4 being informed that they were infected with a lethal bacteria and they were all going to die. They try to escape as a result and only Kaname's badass factor allows her to invoke this trope to a successful conclusion.]]
* NaughtyTentacles: Hard to interpret [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/full_metal_panic/c030/12.html this]] any other way. Comes complete with [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]].
* NewTransferStudent: Sōsuke, as well as Tessa for all of two episodes.
* NewspaperThinDisguise: Sousuke does this a few times. After the first time, it doesn't fool Kaname at all, mainly because he's using a paper that's several years old.
* NGOSuperpower: Mithril
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: The backstory of A21. It was founded by ex-mercenary Seiji Takechi to reform juvenile delinquents, teaching them military and survival skills so they could become better people. However, when the media found out about it, they were labeled terrorists and attacked by the Japanese government. In the ensuing struggle, Takechi was killed and his former students became actual terrorists, intending to take revenge on Japan with the Behemoth AS.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Gauron, who pulls this around 4-5 times, with each instance getting more and more ridiculous as to how he could survive it.
* NoSocialSkills: Sōsuke
* NobleDemon: Leonard Testarossa
* NotSoDifferent: Sōsuke is obviously a FishOutOfWater in high school because he's been a soldier all his life, but to an extent so is Kaname because her assertive, emotionally open, take-no-crap personality (thanks in part to her living in the US as a child) clashes with a lot of Japanese societal norms.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Played straight until it's subverted in Fumoffu, when Chidori has full knowledge on how [[ChasteHero incapable]] Sōsuke is on acting on anything even remotely connected to sex.
* ObliviousToLove: Sōsuke for the majority of the series. Why are all these girls ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and guys]]) so angry when he hangs out with a particular girl? He can't ''possibly'' think of any reason.
** One hilarious example happens during episode 8, when Shinji lets Sousuke play a gal game to help him understand relationships. The in-game girl gets upset when he tells her to go by herself with swimsuit shopping. Kaname gets mad at him because he said [[CompletelyMissingThePoint he didn't know anything about civilian clothing, which is why he chose the option to make the girl go by herself]]. Then he wonders why the in-game girl (and his female classmates to a lesser extent) got so upset at him because of that.
---> '''Sousuke''' (yelling at the laptop as a "Game Over" appears): Wait a minute, if you cut off the negotiations from one side, it will become a war. Accept the negotiations! I'll listen to anything you have to say. We should compromise a little bit.
---> '''Sousuke''' (looks around): Where did Chidori and the others go?
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple]]: [[spoiler:Well, duh. But they've finally gotten together as of the last volume]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Kaname
* PaperFanOfDoom: Kaname's, used on Sōsuke 90% of the time.
* PantyShot: The anime really seems to enjoy these in its first six or seven episodes.
* PantyThief: Episode 3 of the first season. Although Sousuke apprehends the thief, they both end up talking about military equipment for so long that Kaname catches them both and tries to beat them down with a bat.
* ParentalAbandonment: Sōsuke; Kaname
* PerpetualFrowner: Sōsuke. He hardly ''ever'' smiles.
** In ''Fumoffu'', one smile is when Sōsuke is struggling with studying and Chidori lends him her notes. She tells him to bring it back the next day and he accepts it with a smile and saying he'll return it. [[spoiler: He forgets to. HilarityEnsues.]]
* PlatonicProstitution
* PlotArmor: Leonard describes this is the case, in-universe, for [[spoiler:Chidori, as she's the one that is supposed to be the "whisperer" in the future, while being a "whispered" in the past, and thus the reason that AlternateTimeline / Alternate History exist in the first place. Although Leonard also implies that there might be more than one "whisperer".]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
** After her normal manners get nowhere with one of [[spoiler:her brother Leonard]]'s subordinates, Tessa decides to spell it out in plain English: "I fucking hate shits like you who pretend to be the good guys!" Needless to say, the shocked look on [[spoiler:Leonard]]'s face when the subordinate delivers the message says it all.
** Sōsuke, after being a nigh-perfect {{Stoic}} for the entire first season, is [[spoiler:subjected to a BreakingSpeech by Gauron, [[ShutUpHannibal beats him up]]]] and drops this line in his first real display of emotion:
---> '''Sōsuke''': "Kashim!... Kashim!?! We're not friends!! '''YOU SHITHEAD!!'''
* PrimalScene: One of the reasons [[spoiler:Leonard, Tessa's older brother]] is so terribly screwed up is because he caught his mother having sex with another man while his dad was away. His mother notices him and becomes furious, which leads to [[BreakTheCutie another mind-breaking experience for him.]]
* PrisonerExchange: Sousuke has to make the decision of trading his hostage for either [[LoveInterest Kaname]] or Tessa. He picks Tessa, knowing that Kaname can protect herself just fine, and her ActionGirl instincts means that she'll [[SpannerInTheWorks mess up]] the bad guys plans by reacting in a way they [[DidntSeeThatComing don't expect]].
* ProductPlacement: in the dub of the ''Second Raid'' OVA, ClosetOtaku Closeau mentions that "I even read Newtype USA in order to keep up with the latest shows...I ''love'' that magazine!"
** In the first episode of the original anime, the pile of "average high schooler belongings" gathered for Sōsuke includes a copy of ''Dragon Magazine'', the publication which serialized the ''FMP'' novels -- it even has [[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Lina Inverse]] on the cover.
* ProperlyParanoid: Kaname's increasingly paranoid and extreme precautions in episode 9 of ''The Second Raid'' are ''entirely justified''.
* PsychoForHire: Gauron, and Gates in ''The Second Raid''.
* PsychopathicManchild: Gates
* TheQuietOne: Sōsuke
* RaisedByDudes: Sousuke
* RammingAlwaysWorks: [[spoiler:While escaping from Merida Island, the Danaan rams through a Behemoth; presumably it worked because the pilot was too surprised to erect a Lambda Driver barrier.]]
* RankUp: Later in the light novels and ''Sigma'', Mao and Kurz are promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and Sergeant Major respectively.
* RealRobot: Played "straight" with the Arm Slaves. The ones without Lambda Drivers anyway.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: StudentCouncilPresident Hayashima. Almost a bit ''too'' reasonable, insofar he's perfectly understanding of Sōsuke's usual approach to school life and considers him a model student council member.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: Averted in ''The Second Raid''. In "Her Problem," Yu Lan's silenced pistol jams when she tries to shoot Kaname. She just clears the jam and quickly resumes firing.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Several times throughout the series, characters are seemingly killed only to turn up fine; Sōsuke in particular specializes in this. [[spoiler:In the final novel alone, there are three separate times where Kaname[=/=]Sofia thinks he's dead only to be proven wrong.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Bonta-Kun.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Sousuke going after Kurama, in an old Savage that is falling apart, against 8 other Arm Slaves]]
* RobotHair: Gauron's Armslave has a long blond topknot, making it resemble an armoured samurai.
* RugbyUnion: Sōsuke submits the school Rugby team to some extreme training. As a result:
** RugbyIsSlaughter: Trope image, thanks to you-know-who.
** Note that Sousuke doesn't know the first thing about rugby - he may not even understand the concept of sports!
** Also note that he was reading a rugby guidebook for the entire episode...and still has no idea what rugby is.
** I don't know, he mentioned playing basketball with his buddies in Afghanistan, and nobody seemed to be throwing hand grenades...
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Sōsuke, if that was not clear by now.
** As a mecha example, we have the ARX-8 Laevatein, which sacrificed [[{{Invisibility}} ECS]] and other basic sensory and anti-detection systems common to Mythril Arm Slaves for sheer strength, mobility and firepower.
* SayMyName: "KAAAAAASHIIIIIIIM!" "GAAAAUROOOOOOOOON!" "ZAIIIIIDOOOOOO!" "KAAAAASHIIIIIIM!"
* ScarsAreForever: Sōsuke has a permanent cross-shaped scar on his chin, though it's never explained. And Gauron -- oh boy, Gauron.
* ScaryBlackMan: Lt. Closeau
* ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: The Whispered. Technically, because they have the ability without the madness.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Sousuke ''refuses'' to comprehend that [[ChickMagnet numerous]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim people]] are in love with him. His obliviousness gets to the point of ridiculousness, where at least three characters come out directly and [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove tell him that they love him]] - only for him to dismiss it or [[CompletelyMissingThePoint completely misunderstand it]].
* SceneryCensor: The HotSpringsEpisode
* SergeantRock: Cmdr. Mardukas.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler:Leonard's not in it for ForTheEvulz; the man's got a plan. He wants to go back in time and prevent Black Technology from being invented in order to ensure a more peaceful world. Kaname/Sofia also joins in because without Black Technology, the Whispereds won't have special powers in the AlternateUniverse.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Sōsuke, after going through wars, becomes rather [[TheStoic emotionless]] and ''very'' paranoid. He [[DefrostingIceQueen gets better]] with Kaname's help.
** After the events at Merida Island, Tessa is starting to show signs of this.
* ShipTease: A simply classic one in Ep. 6 of ''The Second Raid''.
* ShirtlessScene: Sōsuke gets quite a few.
* {{Shotacon}}: Gauron's been a creepy StalkerWithACrush towards Sōsuke since the latter was twelve. Yeah.
* ShoutOut: Mardukas is a Creator/MontyPython fan, as mentioned in the CoolAndUnusualPunishment entry; since they couldn't use these references in the anime, they settle for a more subtle ShoutOut when, in a parody of the ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' shower scene, the attacker wields a banana.
** In the English dub, whole quotes from [[Creator/RLeeErmey a certain]] DrillSergeantNasty from ''Full Metal Jacket'' are used for the Rugby team's TrainingFromHell. Even without that, near the end of their training, the Rugby team members started talking extremely... affectionately to Rugby balls that they were cleaning.
** In a later episode in which Shinji goes into [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed SEED mode]].
** In the first episode, the teacher searches Kaname's schoolbag and sees a copy of ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''.
** The OAV that comes after The Second Raid features an AffectionateParody mashup of ''FutureBoyConan'' and ''DetectiveConan'' called ''Future Detective Boy Conan'', depicting a famous scene from ''Future Boy Conan'' with the addition of glasses and a bow tie. The video box cover is also seen, and is a parody of the cover of ''Future Boy Conan''óJimsy from ''Future Boy Conan'' is given the face of ''DetectiveConan'''s Mouri Kogoro.
** Two major shout-outs to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' in ''Always Stand By Me (Part 2)'': [[spoiler: Sophia/Chidori wearing a Rei-style plugsuit, and Al ''stopping an incoming nuke'' with an AT Field.]]
** Captain Sailor of the U.S.S ''Pasadena'' is shown [[TheCaineMutiny shaking three ball bearings.]] And one of his superior officers refers to him as [[MobyDick Ahab.]]
** The Pacific Chrysalis events has several shout-outs to Film/DieHard.
** And the submarine battle during those same Pacific Chrysalis events are very reminiscent of ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', including Mardukas being a British version of Marko Ramius.
** One of the Yakuza in episode 10 mentions Creator/OsamuTezuka's manga, ''Series/AmbassadorMagma'', when Kaname says she summons Bonta-kun by blowing her whistle three times. The picture of Magma's spaceship and yakuza's voice were censored due to "copyright reasons."
** In episode 6, Kaname compares Sousuke and Kurz to ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid, and their situation to the TropeNamer for BolivianArmyEnding.
** Reading the novels, it becomes apparent that Gatoh is a Creator/TomClancy fan: Kalinin's wife dies in the same manner as Marko Ramius' wife, prompting his defection; the three USN submarines that appear in FMP also made appearances in Clancy's books.
** Bonta-kun is an obvious ShoutOut to Gonta-kun, the mascot of the classic children's educational show [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dekirukana Dekirukana]].
** The {{Filler}} episode "Is Narashino Burning?" (episode 14 of the first anime) has a lot of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' references. The head of the [[OpposingSportsTeam Nerima Red Dragons]] is a nod to [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Char Aznable]]. He loves the color red, has [[CharsCounterattack swept-back blond hair]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam sunglasses]], [[MemeticMutation flirts with younger women]], and (at the end of the episode) starts to deliver Char's famous "mistakes of youth" speech. Chidori lampshades all this by asking "Is that supposed to be cosplay?" when she first meets him. When Sousuke shows up in an AS, we're told it's moving three times faster than a normal AS, which was supposedly an attribute of Char's AceCustom Zaku II. Finally, the Red Dragons's [[CombinationAttack Red Stream Attack]] is a reference to the Jet Stream Attack used by the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Black Tri-Stars]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', complete with three machines charging an enemy in a straight line and one jumping over its partners (as well as the hero using one of the enemy machines as a springboard, as Amuro did against the Tri-Stars).
*** Furthermore, the box for the Arm Slave model kit in this episode resembles a combination of the boxes for Bandai's EX Model[[note]]A large blue stripe surrounded on both sides by thin white stripes[[/note]] and High Grade Universal Century[[note]]Horizontal layout, illustration of the mecha on the left side[[/note]] lines. It's even said to be made by Banpresto, a division of Bandai (though one that usually makes video games like ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'').
** In an episode of The Second Raid, Kaname is watching a TV show that appears to be SpiderMan [[RecycledInSpace IN FEUDAL JAPAN!]]
** Upon discovering that Mithril will not be able to install him into another AS, Al requests to instead be installed into a car - [[Series/KnightRider preferably a Trans Am]].
** In Fumoffu's rugby episode, Sōsuke's DrillSergeantNasty routine includes a part where he pisses off a recruit by insulting his favorite idol, [[Manga/MarmaladeBoy Miki Matsura]].
* ShownTheirWork: the effects of the SquareCubeLaw on giant robots is shown in full effect [[spoiler: when Sousuke destroys the lambda driver of the Behemoth.]]
** Mardukas' backstory short reveals that the author did a lot of research on submarine warfare.
** Kalinin's backstory short reveals that that the author did a lot of research into the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and gave a lot of thought towards keeping the Cold War running beyond 1991.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[spoiler: Mao and Kurz]], though they haven't reached the "kiss" part yet in the anime. [[spoiler:This is taken to epic proportions in the gaiden set 10 years after the last light novel, where it's said that Mao and Kurz have gotten married and divorced...THREE TIMES.]]
** [[spoiler: Sōsuke and Kaname]], and they have gotten so agonizingly close to the kissing part in the anime to the point that it's starting to hurt. [[spoiler: At least it finally happened in the last novel.]]
* SparklingStreamOfTears
* TheSpartanWay: Sōsuke became an assassin at age eight, then became a terrorist at age eleven...
** He also subjects the School Rugby team to this method. It gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Kaname asks where he got the idea for such a brutal training method, at which point he produces a training book written by Melissa Mao. Let's just say, she's something of an expert on this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Tessa's full name seems like it ought to be "Theresa" or "Teresa," but the official spelling is "Teletha" instead.
* SquareCubeLaw: The AppliedPhlebotinum Driver is the only thing keeping the massive Behemoth mech from collapsing under its own weight.
* {{Squee}}: This is basically the captain's response when Sousuke calls her Tessa for the first time.
* StairsAreFaster: In a hurry to get up to Sousuke's apartment to retrieve her homework, Kaname first goes to the elevator, presses the button, and waits for a few seconds -- then screams in frustration and runs for the stairs.
* StalkerWithACrush: Gauron to Sōsuke.
** And Leonard to Kaname.
* StalkingIsLove: Kaname is happy when she interprets Sōsuke's following her around as him being a StalkerWithACrush. Of course, she's very much unhappier with it after she finds out he isn't following her because of that, but because it's his job.
** Leonard also seems to believe in this trope.
* TheStoic: Sōsuke
* StopOrIShootMyself: [[spoiler:In "Come Make My Day", Kaname gets a handgun off of an Amalgam soldier and tries to threaten them into releasing her, but they rightly figure that she can't actually kill another person. So instead, she puts the gun to her own temple and demands to be given a wireless radio so she can speak to Sōsuke, during which she finally confesses to him.]]
* SuperPrototype: The Arbalest
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW W]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z3 Jigoku-hen]]''; while these three only cover the anime, the second part of ''Z3'' will complete the ''FMP'' storyline by covering all the novels from ''Dancing Very Merry Christmas'' onwards (as confirmed by Gotoh himself on Twitter).
** For real humor, in the authors' notes section for one novel Gatoh said that when he sent info on the ARX-8 Laevatein (Sōsuke's final MidSeasonUpgrade) to the mechanical designer, he included a list of requirements put in terms of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', including: MAP weapon, Air terrain ranking of A, Movement of at least 6, Attack power 5000-plus by default, and 4 item slots.
** AnotherCenturysEpisode: R
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Sōsuke's ''very'' specific description of how he's a completely normal person who doesn't have anything to do with the military during his outing with Mizuki and her friends.
** Sousuke when he first starts to follow Kaname around, even when he suddenly rushes out of a moving train after Kaname tries to lose him.
---> '''Sousuke:''' It's just a coincidence.
*** Kaname several times when her friend Kyoko asks about her current mood, and wondering if Sousuke was responsible in some way. Often tries laughing to attempt to avoid the question.
* TalkativeLoon: Gates, who tends to scream around and playact for long, ''long'' periods of time. Gauron, as well - especially considering that one word from [[TheQuietOne Sousuke]] can prompt him to ramble on and on nonstop.
* TanksForNothing /TankGoodness: Tanks are never a match for Armslaves when there is a Lambda Driver involved.
* TeachHimAnger
* TeenGenius: Tessa, Sōsuke, and under the right circumstances, Kaname.
* ThanksForTheMammary: In the second episode of the anime, Sōsuke does a DivingSave to protect Kaname from an oncoming truck...and when they land one of his hands is on her chest. Making matters even funnier, she doesn't even notice until he gives her a reassuring squeeze, and her initial reaction is actually a little moan of pleasure; three seconds later when she realizes what's going on, we get the mood swing and DopeSlap.
* ThemeNaming: Mizuki's [[ColorCodedCharacters color-coded]] friends, Manami Akagi (red), Madoka Tsuge (yellow), and Shouko Midorikawa (green). Kaname even [[LampshadeHanging compares them to a traffic light]].
* ThemeTuneCameo.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Sōsuke. Oh, Sōsuke.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: PlayedForLaughs by Hayashimizu when Kaname is kidnapped by thugs in the second season's first episode. The ''completely'' deadpan delivery of his "translation" of the spokesthug's threat into terms Sousuke can understand, and [[SophisticatedAsHell vice versa]], sets the tone [[LighterAndSofter for the season to follow]].
* ThisIsNotADrill
* TooMuchInformation: In the novels, Gauron telling Sōsuke exactly what he fantasized doing to him back in Kanka. Sōsuke is, unsurprisingly, [[BrainBleach horrified]]. It certainly puts a whole new meaning to Gauron's "So -- what's that face for?" remark afterwards.
* TrainingFromHell: Sōsuke inflicts this upon Jindai High's rugby team, [[HilarityEnsues with hilarious results]].
** Likewise, ''Overload'' has a chapter where Kaname's trying to slim down for swimsuit season and Sōsuke offers to help...which means he puts her in an automated Bonta-kun suit that ''forces'' her to exercise. Eventually he reveals he was trying to teach her AnAesop because her previous exercise regemin, which included skipping meals, was incredibly unhealthy.
* TriggerHappy: Gauron, who has to be restrained from shooting people he ''shouldn't''. And Sōsuke, although he mitigates it by mostly using rubber bullets while he's at school or on outings with Kaname and her friends. Sōsuke's trigger-happy tendencies are also significantly more pronounced in the ''Full Metal Panic: Overload'' manga, where he's ''[[UpToEleven more]]'' trigger-happy than Gauron.
** In ''Overload'' Sousuke is literally ''addicted'' to guns and starts experiencing ''withdrawal symptoms'' after Kaname forbids him to fire a gun for a day.
* TropeTrigger: Every time Sousuke brings his military background into the school (such as StuffBlowingUp), Kaname hits him. This Trope Trigger activates PaperFanOfDoom or WrestlerInAllOfUs depending on how angry she gets.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kaname. It's possible that being a tsundere is not a natural part of her personality and Sousuke is an extremely frustrating person. This makes her the Dere-dere subtype.
* TwiceShy: Sousuke and Kaname's relationship which is also the reason why they haven't even kissed in the entire series (yes, even in the 10 novels thusfar). The most intimate they've gotten has been holding hands.
** Of course, there's a factor beyond their control, too: [[spoiler:separation. Kaname leaves with Leonard in ''Continuing On My Own'' (Novel 7), and she and Sōsuke spend the next in-series year apart (during which time they confess their love over radio). The next time they actually get to meet in person when their lives ''aren't'' in danger, they finally share their FirstKiss.]]
* {{Twincest}}: Yu Fan and Yu Lan
* UnableToCry: Sōsuke. It's not that he doesn't feel the pain of his loss, he just can't emote it well. He even states at one point, "Piloting the A.S. is the only form of self-expression I know." [[spoiler:He ends up breaking down in the final novel, sobbing that he doesn't want to die before he returns to Jindai High with Kaname like he promised.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler:both Kaname and Tessa in the final novel, after it looks like Sōsuke was killed in a nuclear blast. They both think to themselves that it seems too unreal to believe, and Tessa thinks it'll probably catch up with her later.]]
* UnexpectedGenreChange: The second season, ''Fumoffu'', served mostly to give the fans something to watch in between the more serious first and third seasons. As a result, it goes from gritty realism to off-the-wall slapstick comedy and back again.
** Occurs to a lesser extent in "filler" episodes of the first season, where it has an ALMOST ''Fumoffu''-like style to it. Such as using Arm Slaves for a school event.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: In the anime at least, Kaname and Sōsuke. Also, Mao and Kurz have a ''lot'' of this.
** Oh, Kaname and Sōsuke have a fair amount of it [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/full_metal_panic/c020/16.html in the manga]], too.
* UnstoppableRage: The Lambda Driver turns anger into physical power. t's implied that once they get the kinks worked out it'll make nukes obsolete gives enough of a reason why this trope applies.
** It's not ''anger'', per se. It's ''imagination'' and ''will''. It's referenced in the novels that Sousuke never really uses his unless he is pushed, usually to the point of despair, and rage is his way of dealing with that.
* VillainTakesAnInterest: Gauron toward Sousuke.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Sousuke and Kurz.
* WelcomeToMyWorld: to quote Kaname's internal monologue in the first book
-->''This is the real Sōsuke. You might be in charge at school, but here, you're a liability. One wrong move, and you'll be a bloodstain. Now, let's go walk through hell.''
* WetSariScene
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Sōsuke. Although he doesn't have eyes that have a [[TechnicolorEyes particularly special color]], they are huge and pretty. Gauron became infatuated with him initially because of his emotionless, cold eyes. "Anyone would say they're beautiful" indeed.
* WhatTheHellHero: Kaname reacts this way to basically everything [[CombatPragmatist Sousuke]] does. A notable one is when she got kidnapped in the first episode of Fumoffu, and he showed up at the negotiations with the offending gang leader's little brother as a hostage of his own. [[spoiler:Turns out the kid was in on it.]]
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: In a later chapter of ''Overload'', Kaname runs into her favorite author who's working on a novel series about "a high-school-mystery-action-love-comedy about a mercenary who suddenly starts wreaking havoc in the life of a normal teenage girl". Initially she calls it farfetched and hard to believe, but decides Sōsuke and Kaname would be the perfect inspiration.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Sousuke had Gauron at gunpoint before being arrested [[spoiler:and going on to hijack the Danaan]]. Hell, ''Gauron himself'' points this trope out. When the resident PsychoForHire SmugSnake tells you that shooting him would make things easier, ''you should probably do it''.
** [[spoiler:Sousuke finally agreed with everyone and just shot Gauron]].
* WifeHusbandry: Very, very strongly implied in TSR between [[spoiler:Gauron]] and the twins Yu Fan and Yu Lan. Apparently, in the novels, he was also [[{{Shotacon}} trying to do this with the young]] Sōsuke, but unfortunately for him, Sōsuke declined.
* WildHair: Sousuke's long hair when he was a young guerilla.
* WishfulProjection: Kurz Weber is quite taken with Kaname's photograph during the initial mission briefing, and upon seeing the real thing walking down the lane underneath blooming cherry blossoms, he describes her as an angel. Then Kaname starts reading Kyoko the riot act over a horrible blind date, and Kurz is very disappointed.
* {{Yakuza}}
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Kaname's an interesting case in that her hair is explicitly stated as being black in the novels, even though the cover art for those novels shows her with blue hair. When the first season was produced, the animators chose to go with the blue hair, but selected a relatively dark shade. This was changed to a lighter shade of blue in the second season. The new, lighter shade may be part of the reason some fans have had difficulty accepting that black is her 'real' hair colour.
* YoungEntrepreneur: Sōsuke tries to patent and sell his Bonta-Kun combat suit entirely for the technological advantage it provides, without realizing its outward appearance was preventing sales. He succeeded in selling a few of them to the FBI, the Miami police and a local Yakuza gang.
** The fact that Sousuke had enough money and contacts to do that implies that he's probably been moonlighting in the weapons business for a while.
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