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''Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru'' (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。-- ''My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected''), often abbreviated as ''Oregairu'' because of its [[OverlyLongTitle lengthy title]], is a series of LightNovel written by Wataru Watari. It was adapted into an {{Anime}} that aired during [[Spring2013Anime spring of 2013]], licensed by Sentai Filmworks under ''My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU''.[[note]]SNAFU is a military slang term for Situation Normal: All Fucked/Fooled Up[[/note]] A second anime season aired in 2015.

Our protagonist is a deeply cynical, anti-social second year male high school student named Hachiman Hikigaya who believes that happiness of youth life is a lie and should just die. Concerned by his personality, his guidance counselor at his school forces Hachiman to join a "Service Club" where he, along with an equally problematic student, Yukino Yukinoshita, must provide help for any troubled schoolmate who requests it. HilarityEnsues as Hachiman starts to reshape himself and those around him.

The anime is currently streaming on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/my-teen-romantic-comedy-snafu Crunchyroll.]] Viewers in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark may watch it legally there. (Also on [[http://theanimenetwork.com/Anime/My-Teen-Romantic-Comedy-SNAFU/Info The Anime Network]].)

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!!''Oregairu'' provides examples of these tropes:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted for Hachiman in the anime. He has a soft, GenericCuteness in light novel and manga art, but his features and especially eyes are made much sharper and crude for the anime.
* AdaptationDistillation / CompressedAdaptation: The first season for volumes one to six. All the necessary plot points are there, but most moments of the more filler-ish (and flag-generating, to shippers' dismay) kind are skipped, and several scenes are rehashed to incorporate that.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Done to Kamakura of all [[strike:people]] cats: he's tabby in the second season.
* AdvertisedExtra: Some of the promotional artwork for the series has Saki, Zaimokuza, Totsuka featured prominently, almost appearing to be the second set of main characters to the Service's club main trio. Within the series itself, they're featured less prominently than Hayato's clique.
* AesopAmnesia: Even after saving them at summer camp, Rumi is still being ostracized by her classmates months later when Hachiman meets her again.
* AHouseDivided: Hachiman purposely invokes this trope in episode 8 with the help of his classmates to the group of girls Tsurumi Rumi is with.
* AlliterativeName: Somewhere around 70% of the cast. Based on the author's name, Wataru Watari.
** SublimeRhyme: Sai''ka'' Totsu''ka'', Sa''ki'' Kawasa''ki'', Shizu''ka'' Hiratsu''ka''.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: So far, no attraction or interest between characters have managed to be mutual.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Yukino is a {{deadpan snark|er}}ing individual and is always TheStoic.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Take your pick: beauty, academics or sports and Yukino is this to everyone at school. However her sports position is a little nebulous because she, in her words, has poor stamina.
** Hayato as well. Both of them stand at the top in terms of academics and sports, positions that Hachiman believes he cannot dethrone.
* AnAesop: The characters tend to give aesops pretty frequently in the series. However, that doesn't stop the series from being subtle or poignant when it wants to be.
* AnimalMotifs: Hachiman explicitly likens Yukino to a cat and Yui to a dog several times during his narration.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Yukino and Yui find Hikigaya's laugh unpleasant.
* AntiHero: Hachiman is one of the non-action type. He ''will'' always do his jobs with brilliant result, but his methods are always rather... 'evil' and typically involve hurting people.
* AppealToConsequences: Yukino
-->'''Hachiman:''' We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were?\\
'''Yukino:''' If that's so, then there would be no way to relieve concerns and no way to redeem one self would there?
* ArcWords: A desire for something "genuine" comes up frequently, most easily seen in Hachiman's desire for a genuine bond without lies or facades.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In episode 5, Shizuka-sensei tries to talk to Saki about her staying out late. When she tries to mention her parents may be worried, Saki immediately asks her how she would know what a parent knows since she's single. The question hilariously knocks Shizuka-sensei to the ground, and Hachiman jokes that someone should marry her already.
* ArtEvolution: A major upgrade can be seen between the anime's season one and two.
* AscendedExtra: Kaori Orimoto, the girl Hachiman asked out in middle school, goes from a faceless extra mentioned a few times in Season One to a recurring character in Season Two.
* AssociationFallacy:
-->'''Hachiman:'''(Implied) ''Cats and wolves are loners.'' \\
Cats are cute and wolves are cool. \\
In a sense, loners are cute and cool.
* AttractivenessIsolation: Averted in Yukino's past but she was isolated anyway.
* AuthorAppeal: [[AlliterativeName Alliterative Names]]. We have Hachiman Hikigaya, Yukino Yukinoshita, and Yui Yuigahama for main characters. The singer for the OP songs so far? Nagi Yanagi. The Author's name? Wataru Watari.
* AwesomeMcCoolName / MeaningfulName: Zaimokuza bases his delusions of being a Samurai around one famous Shogun from Sengoku Period, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, whose surname he shares with. Hachiman's name is not to be taken lightly either since his is the same with ''The Great Bodhisattva Hachiman''.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: BigManOnCampus Hayato can't hurt others without tarnishing his reputation, but cynical, rotten-attitude Hachiman can.
* BeadyEyedLoser: Hachiman has prominently beady eyes in the anime only. Yukino also teases that Hachiman isn't particularly charming or attractive.
* BeautifulDreamer: Hachiman happens to watch a dozing off Yukino in Episode 2... but then she promptly wakes up and makes an obligatory snark about his face.
* BehindTheMask: Hayato, who seems like a typical BigManOnCampus, is revealed to have complicated ideals that motivate him to uphold that image.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Haruno is a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], [[BigSisterBully teasing bully]] of a [[TheGadfly Gadfly]], but she's mostly harmless.
* BookEnds: Compare part B of episodes 1 and 12 concerning the relationship of Yukino and Hachiman. Here are some examples.
-->'''Yukino(episode 1):''' I hate how you affirm people's weakness. \\
'''Yukino(episode 12):''' But I don't really hate how you affirm weakness. \\
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'''Hachiman(episode1):''' I began to think the two of us are very similar. That's unlike me. Even this silence had started to feel comfortable to me. It felt like my heartbeat wanted leave the clock's second hand in its dust and hurry on to the future. \\
'''Hachiman(episode12):''' Yeah, we're not alike at all. Maybe that's why these conversations always felt so nice and fresh to me
* {{Bookworm}}: Yukino and Hachiman. The former is usually reading in the club room if left to her own devices. After getting accustomed to the club, so does the latter.
** Hachiman and his dad are confirmed bookworms in Volume 5 of the LN - ask their bookcase.
* BorrowedCatchPhrase: Yukino starts using Hachiman's catch phrase "source: me" or it's variants by episode 3.
* BreakTheHaughty: [[SmallNameBigEgo Sagami]], courtesy of [[ManipulativeBastard Hikigaya]] of course.
** The kicker? It was unintentional. He was helping [[spoiler: Yukino]], [[ZeroApprovalGambit in his very special way]]; his actions are what started eroding her confidence.
** Although it started as unintentional, he gave the [[BreakThemByTalking finishing]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech blow]] in episode 12.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: The student council president arc saw Hachiman strain his relationship with his sister, Komachi, but he manages to mend it.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 13. No dramas, no conflicts or social aesops, just the Service Club having fun and being themselves.
* BrickJoke:
** In Volume 1/Episode 1, when Yukino tells Hachiman to guess what Service Club does, his first guess is literature club, what with the absence of any equipment and Yukino, well, reading. In Chapter 2 and onwards, his first actions after entering the clubroom is always getting a seat and start reading himself, effectively making it two-person Literature Club.
** Yui's dog tends to get free from his leash and run away. The present Hachiman bought for Yui's birthday is a new dog collar.
** Yukino's apron in episode 7 is that same one she bought an episode earlier([[ShipTease after Hachiman noted it looked good on her]]).
* BrokenAce / BrokenBird: Yukinoshita. Beautiful, excelling at sports and studies, smart and well-read... ostracized for all of that, lonely, cynical and shielded.
* BrutalHonesty:
** Yukinoshita knows no restraint in speaking out her opinions. This gets so bad that she makes Yumiko cry.
** Hachiman tries to invoke this trope by being mean to Yui at the end of episode 5, then explaining that he would rather be alone than be fooled by a nice girl like her, who is polite to him and everyone else, since he doesn't want to get his hopes up. Tears well up in her eyes, she calls him a jerk, and ends up running away. He did this because Komachi casually mentioned she was the girl whose dog he saved from getting run over by a car a while back, and he thought she was being nice to him simply because of that. [[spoiler:He doesn't realize she actually did have feelings for him, but stopped her before she could say anything.]]
*** He also does this rather harshly to Sagami after the latter disappears before the closing ceremony for the school festival in episode 12. His brutalness is so bad[[note]] He tells her that she was deliberately hoping to be discovered. Yet Hachiman found her first despite not caring about her at all, asking her how serious the others were in trying to find her in the first place[[/note]] that Hayato, the usual NiceGuy, does a WhatTheHellHero moment on him, if nothing else, to stop him tearing her character down more.
** Hayato makes use of this in episode 4 of season 2, while he and Hachiman are out on a double date with Orimoto and her friend. Orimoto, a girl Hachiman went to middle school with and liked at one point, continually mocks anything he says or does, and her friend joins in on it. At one point Hayato says in no uncertain terms that he's getting sick and tired of the two girls continual insults. His words are harsh enough that the two girls end up leaving, while Hachiman doesn't seem to appreciate the "save" attempt.
* TheBusCameBack: Tsurumi Rumi, formerly introduced as a one-shot character in season one, reappears in Season Two when Hachiman helps Iroha plan the joint Christmas event.
* ButtMonkey: Hachiman. His classmates barely acknowledge his existence, and Yukino can't help but take shots at his past insecurities and shortcomings whenever possible.
* ByronicHero: Hachiman, is one in that his methods in addition to hurting people while achieving the best result, it would almost always paint him in a bad and evil light. By Episode 12, he is the most hated person in the school, which he simply said that it's nice to finally get noticed.
* CallToAdventure: Hachiman is forced to leave his solitude or the known world and forced to interact with others or to explore the unknown world. Although unlike most who have this trope, he has strong opinions about said unknown world.
* CatchPhrase: In the LN. Hikigaya: "[[TitleDrop As I expected, my youth romantic comedy is wrong.]]"
* CatGirl: Komachi dresses up as one in episode 8. [[CutenessProximity Yukino immediately examines ears and tail.]]
* ChekhovsGun: When Hachiman is having lunch in episode 3, his [[IdiotHair cowlick]] shows how seabreeze changes directions during lunchtime. Later, he utilizes this knowledge to win a tennis match the next day.
* ChekhovsGunman: This trope applies to Tobe and Ebina especially. Who would have guessed from the early episodes that they'd get the main focus later in the series?
** Adding onto that list is Iroha Isshiki, mentioned in passing as a Freshmen who tried to get Hayama's attention, and [[spoiler:Kaori Orimoto, the girl Hachiman asked out in middle-school.]]
* CentralTheme: Everybody lies. The illusion of normality is maintained by an inherent need for facades, secrets and lying.
* CerebusSyndrome: Season 2, compared to the first one, has many of the characters being a lot more cynical on their outlook on life, perhaps as a result of spending too much time around Hachiman. Though a few still try to maintain an upbeat attitude, such as Yui, some have begun showing more serious sides, such as Hayato and Komachi.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted in series. Elementary schoolers are shown to ostracize their own. They are not excused by Yukino and Hachiman.
* ChristmasCake: Hiratsuka-sensei, a BerserkButton of hers which Hachiman presses both indadvertedly and just for the sake of it. [[CorporalPunishment Don't try to repeat that]].
* CliffHanger: The 10th light novel volume and the 2nd anime season both end with [[spoiler:Yui acting on her feelings for Hachiman, and Yukino herself about to ask the Service Club for help]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: No matter what topic he was given, Hachiman's essays always end up being philosophical rants about society.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: "My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU."
* ConvenientlySeated: Refreshingly averted for Hachiman, who sits by the wall.
* {{Cosplay}}: The girls dress up in battle armor during a cavalry battle where they try to take each other's headbands off the other team. While they are embarrassed by it, others comment that since this is a battle, it suits them just fine, although the girls question why it's western-style armor and not samurai armor.
* CosplayCafe: The Service Club and company briefly visit one in episode 5.
* CouchGag: The last two shots of the second season's opening. Who's present in the service club room and the state of the tea set change depending on the episode.
* CryCute: Yui at the end of episode 5 after Hachiman says some rather mean things to her.
* CuteLittleFangs: Komachi, Hachiman's younger sister.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hachiman and Yukino.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Can be seen as one to anime romantic comedies. The main protagonist isn't your everyday NiceGuy beloved by all - he's a deeply cynical ByronicHero who would rather resort to [[PragmaticHero hateful but effective methods to]] [[GoodIsNotNice help others]]. The supporting characters are all very complex - all having HiddenDepths to them and never solely defined by a singular characteristic. The show largely relies on ShowDontTell, giving a very realistic and subdued atmosphere helped considerably by a substantial lack of {{Face Fault}}s. And last but not least, the romance elements are very subtly touched upon, and the characters' relationships are kept at a realistic and understandable pace.
* {{Dismotivation}}: Fits Hachiman to a T. Among the usual reasons, like not wanting to be hurt again, he has an uncommon but somewhat logical argument. Hachiman, after being accused by Yukino of running away because of his {{dismotivation}}, makes his point of view clear (manga chapter 1):
-->'''Hachiman:''' We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were?
** To some, Hachiman's little rebuke may double as an EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Iroha mentions that the rumor about Hayato dating Yukino was causing girls to be a bit more bold and try appealing and "checking" him. When asked about what she means, Iroha then asks Hachiman if he was dating anyone at the moment. He blushes, then after a beat, answers that he's not. Both Yui and Yukino then wonder why he took so long to answer.
* DontYouDarePityMe: When Hachiman finds out that the dog he'd saved and ended up hospitalized and kept out of school belongs to Yui, he tells her not to pay attention to him out of pity or guilt; internally he comments on his hatred of "nice" girls who act close and friendly out of pity, due to the fact that it allows him to get his hopes up even though there's no real feeling behind it.
* DoubleEntendre
--> '''Saika to Hachiman:''' Will you do it [[note]]Tennis Practice[[/note]] with me?
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Hachiman is often subjected to this from Shizuka. In one example, during episode 4, he writes yet another essay in which he has a very cynical outlook on life, and she wonders if him being in the Service Club changed him at all for the better. He then states that his motto is to "stick to my guns", immediately followed by a SillyMeGesture, prompting her to punch him in the stomach for being a FirstPersonSmartass during that scene.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Saika Totsuka. He is cute and effeminate, inevitably [[UnsettlingGenderReveal reveals that he is male to Hachiman]].
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Hachiman's are a minor variant, described as "eyes of a dead fish".
* DysfunctionJunction: The Service Club. Two cynical and brutally honest social outcasts combined with a cheery yet somewhat gullible girl to counterbalance them(with a varying degree of success), led by a ChristmasCake club advisor with severe love life issues.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Hachiman to Yukino, Yui and Saika, constantly, subtly and involuntarily.
--> '''Hachiman(on Yui's swimsuit, while desperately trying not to look):''' My eyes gravitate on their own...
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: When Yukino is feeling emotional turmoil, it will often be snowing.
* EroticEating: Saika casually eats a burrito in a very suggestive manner to Hachiman's discomfort and confused joy.
* EvolvingCredits:
** The first four episodes show various pictures with Yui and Yukino's voice actresses singing the ending song.
** Episode five has a slightly sadder sounding remix of the song along with some new pictures.
** Episode six shows more pictures of Yui and Yukino while keeping the same song from the earlier episodes.
** The ending for episode 13 remixes the song a little, and plays clips from previous episodes instead of the standard ending.
** The ending for episode 12 in season 2 has Yui singing the ending song by herself, with a hint of sadness in it. Additionally, she appears by herself during the pause between the scrolling characters where she normally would appear with Yukino and Hachiman.
* FalseStart: Yui tries to give a LoveConfession to Hachiman a few times, but it's either interrupted, or he usually stops her before she's able to do it.
* {{Fanservice}}: Used in episode 8 when the girls are playing by the river in swimsuits.
** In episode 5, the girls dress up in [[FrenchMaidOutfit maid]] outfits and later formal dresses. The former of which ended up serving no purpose.
** In the anime OVA, all the girls dress up in wedding gowns.
* FeigningIntelligence: Iroha pretends she understands the complicated "brainstorming session" of another student council. Hachiman concludes that the discussion was mostly highly pedantic prattle.
* FirstPersonSmartAss: The story is narrated by Hikigaya this way.
* FlawExploitation: Shizuka exploited Yukino's competitive nature early on. Yui, to get Yukino to play a penalty game, does the same later.
--> '''Yui:''' She was all like "I can acquire my nourishment by myself, I fail to see how satisfying a faint lust for conquest could bring about any satisfaction".\\
'''Hachiman:''' That's her all right.\\
'''Yui:''' But then I said "so, you're afraid to lose?", and she gave in.\\
'''Hachiman(quieter):''' That's her all right.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In episode 2, while Yukino is criticizing Zaimokuza's novel, Yui starts reading it and gradually falls asleep.
* GenkiGirl: Yui is the counter balance for Hikki and Yukinon's cynicism.
* GenreSavvy: Hachiman. Although his arbitrary pessimism might land him in WrongGenreSavvy.
* GotVolunteered: Hachiman and Yukino in episode 10, when they're part of the cultural festival committee. In Hachiman's case, it's because no one volunteered and he got picked by Shizuka-sensei. Yukino was likely volunteered because of her sister taking part in it in a past festival, and making it a big success, so many students probably expected her to do the same thing.
** Yui was initially volunteered as well. Fortunately Yumiko pulls her out, only to then volunteer her for something the former was planning to do. Yui is at first thankful, but then surprised that she still got volunteered for something.
** In the same episode, one of the female students in Hachiman's class volunteers to be the chairman for the committee, only to then be late for meetings, and passing almost every single one of her duties to Yukino. Both Yui and Hachiman suspect something wrong there, but Yukino just soldiers on as best as she can.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** Komachi says "Let's go!" at the beginning of episode 4 after Hachiman sees her on the back of his bike as he's leaving the house.
** Used a few times in episode 13, such as when Hachiman mentions "outsourcing" and "work sharing".
** Season 2/volume 9; the (also newly appointed) student council president of a different school uses it at every oportunity he has, Yukino calls him out for [[DelusionsOfEloquence saying things he clearly doesn't understand]] in a [[FeigningIntelligence poor attempt to sound knowledgeable.]]
* HatesSmallTalk: One of Hachiman's reasons for self-isolation.
* HauntedHouse: The characters go through one in episode 2 of season 2. While Yui and Saki are terrified, Saika interestingly seems to enjoy them quite a bit.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Yukino and Hachiman to each other, especially when Haruno is around.
* HighSchool: It's the setting where a good fraction of the events happen.
* HilariousInHindsight / DramaticIrony: In-universe example during episode 3. When Yukino tries to think of the way Hachiman can improve a group of people, she decides that the only possible solution is the "common enemy" strategy. In the culture fair arc, Hachiman does exactly that.
* HopeSpot: Zaimokuza in episode two, courtesy of Hachiman.
-->'''Zaimokuza (after his manuscript being harshly criticized by Yukino):''' Hachiman, I trust you would understand\\
[Hachiman smiles reassuringly]\\
'''Hachiman:''' [[spoiler:Now where did you rip this off from?]]
* HypocriticalHumour:
-->'''Yui:''' Yo, sup, Komachi.\\
'''Hachiman:''' Is that greeting suddenly trending or something? It sounds stupid, so stop it!\\
[Saika arrives and uses the same greeting]\\
'''Hachiman:''' My God, that's cute! We should start a trend with that.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: While Yukino doesn't hesitate to insult Hachiman for fun, other people actually mistreating him are treated considerably colder. Notably, when Tobe acts rudely towards Hachiman, she tells him to leave.
* IdiotHair: Hachiman initially has the hair only in the manga and anime, but his character lacks the implied traits. In the anime, the cowlick also serves as [[ExpressiveHair expressive hair]]. He eventually gets one in the illustrations of later volumes of the light novel.
** Averted with Yukino. You can see that she bears one in the anime and light novel, but the actual weight of the IdiotHair makes it limp.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: A prime motivator for a lot of characters to try preserving the status quo.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Hachiman doesn't like it when the girls doing cutesy acts, but he's completely okay if Saika is the one doing them.
* IHaveThisFriend: Hachiman explains the boys don't need much to start liking a girl with an example from his--[[InsistentTerminology err, his friend's]]-- life. Yukino sees through this immediately.
-->'''Yukino:''' This was obvious from the very start. [[EpicFail You don't]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough have any friends]]
* IndifferentBeauty: Yukino makes it clear while criticizing Hachiman's argument for his own self worth(LN).
-->'''Yukino:''' Simply put, deriving self-confidence from the superficial, such as your grades or your looks, isn't flattering at all.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Komachi, Hachiman's younger sister, does not mind being seen by him in her underwear.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Hiratsuka implies this is the case for Yukino.
* {{Kimodameshi}}: Episode 8 has one. Hachiman uses it to resolve the Service Club's current case.
* LargeHam: Zaimokuza. Suffering from "Eight-grader Syndrome" and being voiced by NobuyukiHiyama helps further qualify him.
* LawOfInverseRomanticInterest: All the main characters have been subject to this law and maybe all are still at its mercy:
** Hachiman was rejected twice in his past. It's now that he's a cynic and pessimist that Yui just so happens to be interested.
** Yui is interested in Hachiman but he, or others for that matter, show little romantic interest if at all.
** In the past, Yukino was uninterested in anyone and in her words, most boys who came near her came to like her.[[spoiler: Haruno's comment [[note]] "So Yukino-chan is not gonna be chosen again, huh?"[[/note]] suggest that she might have been the losing side of a love triangle in the past. The other way what was said could be interpreted as Yukino was not picked to be one of the faces of her family's company.]]
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Hachiman and Yukino's bickering over Sagami's failed entrance speech. No wonder rumors started.
* LonersAreFreaks: [[PlayingWithATrope Thoroughly explored]] through Hachiman and Yukino's trials.
* LoveConfession: One is given in episode 2 of season 2. [[spoiler:Oddly enough, Hachiman ends up doing it, knowing that Ebina was going to reject Tobe. So he ends up asking her out instead so she would reject him and not Tobe, and spare his feelings. This really upsets Yukino and Yui when they hear this, strongly hinting that they don't want him going out with someone else.]]
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: A possible direction for Hachiman. Perhaps Averted for Yukinoshita.
* MaleGaze: The anime dedicates generous amounts of long, lingering shots to female focal points. Backed up by whole paragraphs in the novels.
* ManipulativeBastard: Hachiman shows shades of this, constantly manipulating everyone into hating him, but solving another problem in the process.
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler: Hachiman tears up in episode 8 of season 2, after admitting to Yukino and Yui that he wants their friendship to be real]].
* MeaningfulName: The short hand for the show's name, used for the website and conversations is ''Oregairu'', which translates to; ''I am here''.
* MetaphoricallyTrue: When they met in the club room Yukino claimed not knowing Hikigaya. She of course did, as [[spoiler: she was in the car that sent him to the hospital.]]
-->'''Yukino:''' I wasn't lying, back then I didn't know you.
* MomentKiller: In episode 9, Yui is about to confess to Hachiman when her mother calls. As is expected of him, he makes use of this opportunity to kill the moment and make sure she does not say anything more.
* NiceGuy: Hayama Hayato. So much so that Hachiman thinks there's something wrong with him.
** This trope is also lightly {{Deconstructed}} and {{Lampshaded}}. Hayato being nice to everyone causes a friction between his friends who all want to be in the same group with him in a school trip. It is both his greatest strength and a hindrance.
* TheNicknamer: Yui, who notably starts calling Yukino ''Yukinon'' a day after they first meet. She also calls Hachiman ''Hikki'' despite being a classmate (a fact he isn't even aware of) is the only relationship he previously had with her.
* NoodleIncident: Both Yukino and Hayato refer to an event in their past where Hayato failed to resolve a social situation similar to Rumi's case.
* NoSocialSkills: Hachiman and Yukino.
* NoseBleed: Hachiman's classmate, Hina Ebina, has a subtle one in episode 10 when she's talking about making Hayato a lead character in a musical she's writing, along with Hachiman as a supporting role, with the intention of doing some HoYay. However, Hayato points out that Hachiman can't take part because he's on the cultural festival committee, and doing a musical would take too much time. So she relents, and makes Hayato the supporting character, and makes Saika the lead role, causing the former to lament that he's still stuck in it.
* NotADate:
** Episode 6 gives us a (rather complicated) mix between Type 1 and Type 3. Both Hachiman and Yukino's original intention was to go shopping for Yui's birthday presents together, but Hachiman takes [[ShipperOnDeck his little sister]] along with them for help, who then decides to play a good wingman and leave them alone. To make things worse, they encounter Yukino's sister and Yui, who both immediately think they're couple on a date. Misunderstandings ensue.
** Another example in Episode 9, where Komachi (again) organizes a date for Hachiman and Yui. They both get the hint, but Hachiman doesn't really like the situation.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Yukino, despite trying to be as perfect as it gets: she's easily coerced into doing things when accused of being afraid of something, lowers her shields around Service Club members(if ever so slightly), and can sincerely enjoy the sports festival([[TokenEvilTeammate Hachiman ]]spoiling the victory with his schemes notwithstanding). Not to mention her [[CutenessProximity relationships with cats]].
* NotSoDifferent: Komachi tries to tell Saki about not wanting to be a burden on their siblings in episode 5, as Saki's brother feels like he's burdening her by having her work at night to help pay for his tuition.
** Tsurumi Rumi in episodes 7 & 8. Because she's outcast from her group, Hachiman feels a little connection to her, although interestingly enough, so do the rest of his classmates, including ones that have friends such as Hayato.
** Used by Hachiman as part of his BreakingSpeech to Sagami.
--->'''Hachiman:''' We're the same. We're both members of the lowest stratum of society.\\
Just think about it, I couldn't care less about you, yet I was the first to find you. Doesn't that mean nobody really tried that hard to find you?\\
You know this already, don't you?
** Hayama's clique actively avoid stepping out of the status quo to maintain their fabricated, but happy atmosphere. The Service Club later struggles with the same problem.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Shizuka fills this role in episode 13, shooting down every idea that the athletics festival committee suggests. Her reasoning is that said ideas are too plain and boring, and if the students want something more exciting, they need other ideas.
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: ''Oregairu''. Can be translated as ''I Exist''.
* OncePerEpisode: A shot of the empty two-sided corridor sign outside the classroom used for main characters' club. "Empty" as in it doesn't read things like "... Office" or "Class ..." Instead, each episode, a new random colourful-emblem-bearing sticker is added to it. 24 stickers means it's episode 11 of season two. This side of the sign should last for some five seasons of [[ElevenEpisodeAnime 1-cour]] variety.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In the end of the sixth episode, Yukino and Yui. Yui thinks Yukino is about to announce she and Hachiman are going out, while Yukino simply wants to congratulate Yui with her birthday. Luckily, Hachiman is savvy enough to detect it and clear the misunderstanding.
* OpeningMonologue: Several from Hachiman during the series, usually being excerpts from his essays.
* OppositesAttract: Inverted. Despite Hachiman feeling a connection to her because of their similar situations, Yukino says she ''doesn't'' like Hachiman, for one, because his ideals are opposite to hers.
* PantyShot: Hachiman gets one of Yumiko's in episode 4 of season 2, after she trips on the boots she was trying on. After the view, he hightails it out of there with Hayato before Yumiko can get up.
* PopularIsDumb: With the exception of Hayato, most of the "popular" students are shown to be rather shallow-minded. Yumiko struggles to comprehend Yukino's rant about superficial superiority, and Tobe is regularly referred to as a moron.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: In Episode 13, with ''ideas for sports festival''. Turns out a simple bun eating contest may offend those who prefer rice.
--> '''Hachiman:''' [[LampshadeHanging What are they, hostile factions?]]
* POVBoyPosterGirl: Hachiman is our cynical loner protagonist, but his life only really takes a turn when he meets fellow loner Yukino and her Service Club. On most promotional material and covers, it is usually Yukino, Yui or another girl who is featured.
* PurpleProse: Hachiman regularly lapses into it while describing the "awesome" traits of loneliness. Or what his MaleGaze is currently focused on. Or Yukino.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Yukino gives one in episode 10 of season 2 to the other high school's president, after tiring of his constant use of buzzwords. She flat out tells him he needs to shut up or they'll never get anything done.
** Interesting to note, Hachiman was about to perform another [[HateSink social suicide]] when she gave this speech. Basically, [[TakingtheHeat Yukino socially suicided for Hachiman's sake]].
* RedOni,BlueOni: Yui is the Red to Yukino's blue.
* RepetitiveName: Yukino Yukinoshita and Yui Yuigahama.
* RunningGag:
** With the exception of Yui, not a single classmate remembers Hachiman. Ever.
** Whenever someone implies that Yukino and Hachiman are going out, they will deny it. In a perfect unison.
** The number of stickers on the clubroom's (previously empty) plate keeps growing, apparently after each successful case solved by the Service Club.
** Hachiman's interactions with [[GayOption Saika]].
** Hachiman's lack of presence by Yukino. While he doesn't deny it, he never likes the way she says it, as she always tries to paint him in a negative light.
** Iroha repeatedly 'rejecting' Hachiman (apropos of nothing) in increasingly accepting ways.
* SarcasticConfession: In episode 2 of season 2, Ebina tells Hachiman she wouldn't mind going out with him after he saves her from having to reject [[spoiler:Tobe.]] Hachiman immediately tells her to stop spouting off lies like that, as if anyone would really be interested in him anyway. Ebina thanks him for his help, [[spoiler:but the disappointed look on her face when he tells her that suggests she probably did like him.]]
* SayMyName: In episode 4, after Hachiman calls Totsuka by his first name, the latter asks if he can call the former "Hikki". Hachiman rejects it immediately, but when Totsuka asks if "Hachiman" is okay, he immediately asks him to repeat his name three times. Totsuka does it, the first time sounding fairly normal, the second time as a question ("Hachiman?"), and the third time he yells the name when he notices Hachiman doesn't seem to be paying attention. Hachiman during that scene was struck by StupidSexyFlanders while Totsuka called his name.
* [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman School's Most Beautiful Girl]]: Likely Yukinoshita. In the LN chapter 1, Hachiman describes her as having "unparalleled looks" and "the school's number 1 beauty." Although in the anime episode 2, Yui describes Yukino as "really cool" but Yumiko as "gorgeous." But Yui has a reason to lie in that situation. Well at least to Hachiman it's true - much to his annoyance.
* SchoolFestival: The students plan it during episodes 10 and 11, and then it kicks in during episode 12. They also have an athletic festival during episode 13.
* SecondYearProtagonist: Most of the main and side characters are in their second year.
* SeriesGoal: Through all the humor, drama, love and heartbreak, what Hachiman and his friends can all agree they want are genuine bonds free from lies, secrets and facades. At many points Hachiman doubts such a thing can possibly exist.
* ShipperOnDeck: Komachi for Hachiman/Yui or Hachiman/Yukino (whichever comes first), and Haruno for Hachiman/Yukino. Quite a lot for an unsocial loner.
* ShipTease: Done quite a bit during episode 10 in season 2. Through various incidents, Hachiman ends up being alone with several of the female characters, almost all of whom hint at some romantic interest in him during that time.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Characters that are more lighthearted such as Zaimokuza and Saika tend to feature much less than say, Hayato's circle of friends due to the escalating seriousness of the series. Hachiman gets their help here and there but that's it.
** In earlier parts of the series, Yukinoshita, Hiratsuka and Yui had no problem bringing up Hachiman's flaws in a comedic manner(comparing him to a petty criminal, implying he has no presence, etc). In later arcs, his low self-image is treated much more seriously, especially in regards to how the requests to the Service club are solved. Hiratsuka notably stops attacking him, and only delivers advice.
* ShoutOut: Metric tons of it, especially in the novel:
** To start with, Hachiman constantly references anime, manga and games in his narrations, from popular to rather obscure, from decades old to currently ongoing and for all the audiences.
*** As a specific example, one of Hachiman's opening monologues references the anime [[Anime/SCryed s-CRY-ed]]. His teacher, Hiratsuka, counters this by punching square in the gut and tells him to shut it unless he wants to face the might of her "Annihilating Second Bullet", a power used by one of S-cry-ed protagonists.
** Same goes for Shizuka, a common ground she and Hachiman share. Except her references are rather dated, and Hachiman periodically pokes on the fact with varying consequences for himself.
*** One of her earliest references is comparing Hachiman's lies to [[Manga/OnePiece Usopp]], and later mentions the [[Manga/DragonBall room of spirit and time]] and Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena.
** Hachiman, in episode 8 notes how just like people with [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stands]] are drawn to each other so too can lonely people notice one-another.
** In episode 4, while using "The Zone," Hayato is posed in a similar fashion as [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Giorno]].
** Episode 13 is chock full of this, and a lot of them come from [[Creator/NobuyukiHiyama Zaimokuza]] too:
*** While the girls are trying on outfits that look like something out of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' or ''Anime/TheSacredBlacksmith'', Zaimokuza is behind them trying on a [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Hien]] outfit.
*** Hachiman compare's Yukinoshita's victory in the Sports Festival to [[Anime/GGundam Master Asia's]] asking if she will die at dawn.
*** During the Sports Festival, [[Anime/FistOfTheNorthStar Zaimokuza died without any regrets]].
*** An incredible shout out to [[Anime/GaoGaiGar King of Braves GaoGaiGar]] Zaimokuza cries out '''[[IncomingHam ZAIMOKUZA CRUSHER]]''' while tossing aside three men, being Hikigaya's ''Key to Victory''.
** Last but not least, both him and Yukino are rather well-versed in classic literature, and both frequently drop some quotes.
* SilentScapegoat [[spoiler:This is almost Hachiman's Modus operandi for all the social problems he sets out to help. Since in his grim outlook, no social problems can be solved without turning all parties' hostility toward a common enemy, and he sees himself as an utterly unimportant person, he usually counts himself the perfect person to take the fall and acts the villain; [[{{SubvertedTrope}} much to his friends' sadness and dismay, as they are perfectly aware of his motives and do not know how to talk him out of it]].]]
** [[spoiler:Hachiman's friends reaction toward his social self-sacrificial tendencies later becomes a major plot focus in volume 8-10, as they start trying to (socially)sacrifice themselves in order to stop him from doing the similar. [[{{Irony}} This time, much to Hachiman's dismay]].]]
* SillyMeGesture: Komachi likes to do this, much to her brother's annoyance. Hachiman also tries to do this once in front of Hiratsuka-sensei with [[MegatonPunch predictable results]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Likely applies to Yui. [[spoiler: Hachiman saved Yui's dog from a car accident that left him in hospital for 3 weeks.]]
* SlidingScaleOfBeauty: Yukino is likely a world class beauty as she is described as a "peerless beauty" and according to her the majority of males were infatuated with her from her looks alone in the past.
** Yui is likely a common beauty. Because she and Yukino have similar facial features but no one has commented on her appearance so far.
** If the Hikigaya siblings are right; Hachiman is pretty good looking. He would fall under imperfect beauty because his "fish eyes" and "gross disposition" counteract his decent looks in contrast to his counterpart, Hayato Hayama, who is probably at least a common beauty. If they're wrong, Hachiman probably is Flawed Average on the scale.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This one leans ''heavily'' on the cynical side. Hachiman and Yukino have very pessimistic views of social life and the story agrees with them mostly.
** A notable straight play is the [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbal beatdown]] Hachiman gives Sagami in episode 12. His brutal and highly critical analysis of her hypocrisy is completely true, and the fact that he's seen as the bad guy for saying it only adds to the argument.
** A notable aversion is Yui's attempt to confess to Hachiman and the succint way he counters her arguments. He might be right or not, but Yui crying and softly muttering ''baka!'' shows that her feelings for him are real, and [[AnAesop he's the one denying himself the chance of a fruitful, fulfilling relationship]].
** An interesting variation occurs during the summer camp arc. Hachiman hatches a plan to scare the bullies, believing that when people get scared, they'd turn on each other. Hayato states that he believes they will stick together under pressure. When it comes down to it, they end up throwing each other under the bus. ''But'' Tsurumi ends up saving them all, even though they made her life miserable.
* SmugSmiler: Yukino sometimes does this when she's looking down on others, like Hachiman and her bullies of the past and present.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: The foundation of Hachiman and Yukino's relationship.
** Also, Yukino anytime she's near Yumiko.
* StatusQuoIsGod: A prevalent theme throughout the story.
** Hachiman, despite hating society, is not eager to change the way it works and is fine if things remain the same because he's at least used to being alone and hated.
** Hayato is happy with his popularity and friends and fears disrupting what they have more than anything. He tells Hachiman in episode 2 of season 2 that he doesn't want a possible romance between his friends to come between the dynamic they currently have, [[spoiler:specifically that Tobe is in love with Ebina.]] Hachiman claims he doesn't really care. [[spoiler:But he ends up saving Tobe the rejection by giving Ebina a LoveConfession right before Tobe does, thus making it seem like he was the one who wanted to ask her out. In the end, the relationships in Hayato's group go unchange, and at least Tobe has some resolution for his crush on Ebina.]]
* StepfordSmiler: Discussed by Hachiman when he observes how people often have smiles glued to their faces when they want to pretend nothing is wrong.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Saika warrants this reaction from Hachiman almost every time they interact.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Initially, Hachiman and Yukino just barely tolerate each other, but gradually learn to work together.
* TemptingFate: In episode 6, while Hachiman and Yukino are shopping for a gift for Yui, he mentions that them being seen together could lead to lots of rumors. Yukino says that as long as no one they know sees them together, they should be fine. Then they run into Yukino's sister, and moments later, Yui, both of whom assume the two are dating.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: In the anime, when Hachiman starts explaining a rather (or very) biased and subjective viewpoint, a disclaimer would appear on screen, citing that "This is his personal opinion."
* TitleDrop: While rewriting his essay, Hachiman substitutes his "Normalfags should burn in hell" conclusion with the novel's title.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: The trope is played in a uncommon way because the guy is the protagonist. On the romance side of things, one girl is interested in the guy. The other girl's interest is somewhere between ambiguous and non-existent depending on who you ask. Although the guy finds both physically attractive, he doesn't want a relationship with either.
* ValentinesDayEpisode: Episode 12 in season 2, when several of the girls make chocolates together.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Despite the many, many quotes generated from Hachiman and the other characters about general facts of life, the show can be quite subtle when it wants to be. Character traits brought up in a somewhat undramatic way end up playing huge roles later on. Lots of FacialDialogue is involved and exposition is never obvious. And characters make statements that appear very complicated and layered, but are actually meant to outline simple characterization just through the tone of the character's voice and their actions.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Given the main character's disposition, almost all of his relationships are like this, whether it be with [[NiceGuy nice guys]] like Hayama and Totsuka, or more abrasive ones like Yukino and Shizuka.
* WagTheDirector: A variation of this trope is invoked during the school festival in episodes 10-12. Sagami, a girl in Hachiman's class, volunteers to be the festival committee chairman after Yukino turns it down. Although she tries to do various things, she is clearly not up to the task, and Yukino ends up giving her and the committee members various directions as if she were in charge. Hachiman also does his usual thing, causing Sagami to gradually feel her role diminish, despite Haruno trying to give her some motivation and countering both Yukino and Hachiman. In the end, although the festival seems to be successful, its obvious that she feels like a figurehead at that point, judging by how she flubs both the opening and closing ceremonies.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: A cause of the [[SnarkToSnarkCombat chemistry]] between [[FirstPersonSmartass Hachiman]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Yukino]]. Although compared to the average person, it's debatable if Hachiman is a loser. Still compared to Yukino this trope is likely. Yukino is described as incredibly beautiful, a strong first academically and, in Hachiman's words (LN), the "epitome of nobility". On the other hand, Hachiman is described as having an [[FishEyes unpleasant]] [[PerpetualFrowner appearance]], academically variable at best and socially awkward.
* WhamLine:
** Hayato is asked if he's dating Yukino in episode 11 of season 2 after someone spread rumors due to them being at the mall together in the previous episode, along with Hachiman and Yui.
** Hayato and Hachiman both say something to the other in that same episode. [[spoiler:Both of them claim they don't like the other, though the context is more of a WorthyOpponent than actual hatred.]]
** Kaori asking Hachiman if she ever gave him chocolates back in middle school during episode 12 of season 2. Yukino, Yui, Iroha, and Saki all look at him during that moment, [[ClingyJealousGirl clearly disturbed]]. Kaori's student council president also turns her way as well. Both Yui and Yukino then give a disapproving frown when she says she'll give him some this year, and he sort of accepts it.
** Immediately following the previous example, Haruno then asks Hayato if Yukino ever gave him chocolates. Yukino, Yumiko and Iroha then also have the shocked expression as well. Yukino the glances at Hachiman, who doesn't seem to care about that as Hayato clarifies that Yukino gave it to him and Haruno before grade school started.
** After their trip to the zoo, [[spoiler: Yui reveals she knows what she wants (implying Hachiman) and asks Yukino if it's ok if she has him, shocking Yukino and Hachiman who is also present]].
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Hayama despite understanding Hachiman's intentions [[spoiler: eventually gets frustrated with his twisted method of bringing Sagami back.]]
** Both Yui and Yukino get really upset with him at the end of episode 2 in season 2 after what he did. Yukino is disgusted with his methods, while Yui ends up crying. [[spoiler:He gives a LoveConfession to Ebina before Tobe is able to, causing her to reject Hachiman instead of the latter and therefore not ruin the relationship the two had with Hayato and his friends. Even though he was just faking his confession, both girls are clearly unhappy that he had to do something so uncaring towards the feelings of everyone involved, including Hachiman's.]]
** When Iroha has trouble standing up to the student council from another school, her own subordinates are understandably upset. Hachiman doesn't think it's a particularly fair call, considering that he's squarely to blame for pushing Iroha into the job.
* WhatIsThisFeeling: [[FriendlessBackground Hachiman]] twice so far has wished to befriend [[IceQueen Yukino]]. There is a good chance he hadn't wanted anyone specific to be his friend for years. However, both times Yukino crushes his sentiments, but the second time hints they are at least getting there.
* YouAllShareMyStory: [[spoiler: Hachiman was hit by Yukino's car while he was trying to save Yui's dog.]]

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