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->''Teikou Middle School Basketball Club. A super strong school with more than 100 club members, boasting several successive championship wins. But even within that glorious history, there is still a team that can without fail be called the "strongest" - a generation of five players with talents that you would see once every ten years called the "Generation of Miracles." But there was a strange rumor that there was still one person the five geniuses acknowledged as superior...''

''Kuroko no Basuke'' (''Kuroko's Basketball'') is a sports manga by Fujimaki Tadatoshi which chronicles the high school adventures of Kuroko Tetsuya who, despite having been a regular player on the famed Generation of Miracles team, cannot dribble, fails at shooting, has low stamina, and often goes completely unnoticed while on the basketball court. Needless to say, when Kagami Taiga, the other protagonist of the story who has come back ''bored'' from American basketball standards, plays Kuroko, he easily wins. With that effortless victory, he advises the other to stop playing basketball forever, noting that talent and skill are more important than passion at times.

Kuroko, in response, demonstrates to Kagami - and the rest of the Seirin High basketball team - that his unique talent from the Generation of Miracles is his ability to quickly relay passes based on his lack of presence on the court. He makes it onto the Seirin regulars as a result and gains an ounce of Kagami's respect in the process. Kuroko's goal in his high school years is to defeat all the members of the Generation of Miracles, using his limited presence (as a Shadow) to help Kagami (as a Light) achieve greatness.

Of course, the Generation of Miracles (who have all gone their separate ways after middle school) do not take Kuroko and Kagami's challenge seriously - in fact, they do not take ''Seirin'' seriously, as its basketball club is only a year old and its team used to be comprised entirely of freshmen. Along the way in the manga, Kuroko and Kagami meet - and subsequently defeat (or are defeated by) - other members of the Generation of Miracles who, on a whole, have grown apathetic towards the sport as they believe themselves to be too good for defeat. ''Kuroko no Basuke'' is a good example of the shonen genre, especially for sports, in that there are extended training montages, ridiculous skills on-and-off-court (even by manga and anime standards), and a decent mix of humor, friendship, action, and drama. The romance, on that note, is minimal at best, and generally played for laughs.

An anime adaptation by ProductionIG aired in the Spring2012Anime season. A second season has been set for release on [[Fall2013Anime October 2013]].

Now has a [[Characters/KurokoNoBasuke character page]] that desperately NeedsWikiMagicLove.
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!!Tropes associated with Kuroko no Basuke:

* ACupAngst: Poor Aida in a one-piece, especially when Momoi introduces herself in a stylish bikini...
* TheAce: All of the Generation of Miracles, but especially Aomine, who was ''their'' ace.
** Kagami for Seirin.
* ActionGirl: Aida Riko, a second-year student at Seirin who is the coach of the boys' basketball team and managed to lead the team of first-year to regionals.
** Although they're far from girls now, in her early heyday years both Alex and Araki could have easily qualified.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Furihata, one of the freshmen benchwarmers, finally gets some serious match time during the Seirin vs Kaijou game. [[spoiler: He also gets some focus in the first quarter of the Rakuzan match, where he figures out, before anybody else, that Kuroko has lost his ability of not being noticed. And finally, later on he gets to mark ''FREAKIN' '' '''Akashi''' ''of all people!!!.'' And of course, poor Furihata is ''literally crapping his pants just facing him'']]
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler: The first Seirin versus Touou match.]]
* AllMenArePerverts: Well, except [[OnlySaneMan Izuki]]. Case in point? The hot spring incident.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The Generation of Miracles were this for the entire middle school basketball circuit. [[spoiler:Kagami]] is this for Himuro. And [[spoiler:Haizaki was this for Kise from when the latter joined the first string, up until Kise's Perfect Copy, after which the roles get reversed.]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Aomine - this is lampshaded by Kise during one of his flashbacks
** Kagami too.
--> '''Kagami''': [[LampshadeHanging "Am I the only tanned indoor sportsman?"]]
* ApologisesALot: Sakurai. When he gets serious though...
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler:Kise]] to Kagami in Quarter 162.
-->'''[[spoiler:Kise]]''': "What's up with you?"
** [[spoiler:Ogiwara]] gives one to [[spoiler:Akashi]], of all people, in Quarter 226.
-->'''[[spoiler:Ogiwara]]''': "Do you...[[spoiler: enjoy playing basketball]]?"
* ArtEvolution: Substantially. Comparing the first and latest appearances of any character introduced early into the series will show drastic leaps in style and ability, as with [[http://knbmangacaps.tumblr.com/post/37733882616/character-design-evolution-kise-ryouta Kise]] or [[http://knbmangacaps.tumblr.com/post/37953849082/character-design-evolution-midorima-shintarou Midorima]]. Even Akashi, who appears last of the Generation of Miracles, Fukimaki becomes visibly more comfortable drawing.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Hilariously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in Quarter 156 when Aomine apparently starts talking physics in order to explain why [[spoiler:Murasakibara]] is so hard to block.
-->'''Subtitle''': He's not strictly correct.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Kuroko's [[spoiler:Misdirection Overflow.]] Sure it gives Seirin a big advantage on court, but it can only be used at the very end of a game and [[spoiler:can only be used once on any team.]] This is especially problematic when facing teams that Seirin are sure to go up against again, such as [[spoiler:Touou.]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: At the end of the Touou vs Kaijou match, Kasamatsu [[spoiler:[[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/14241/kuroko-no-basuke_v9_ch73_by_imangascans/6 helps an utterly defeated Kise to his feet]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and escorts him to the player lineup]]]], which is a marked contrast from his [[DopeSlap normal behavior]] when dealing with him.
* {{Backstory}}: TONS. TONS. TONS. For pretty much every main character, from Kuroko to Kagami to Kise to Midorima to Aomine to Kiyoshi to Hyuuga to Aida to Momoi to... you get the point.
** Subverted in Kuroko's case actually. The few details we know about his time in Teikou comes from the backstories of ''other'' people, and the story behind his quitting the Teikou basketball team after they won their 3rd national championship hasn't been revealed yet. [[spoiler:The last page of chapter 203 finally has him about to reveal it.]]
* BagOfKidnapping: How Touou get Aomine to watch the Winter Cup qualifiers in Quarter 100.
* [[PowerCopying Basketball Copying]]: Kise. It eventually turns out that [[AwesomenessByAnalysis he just has extremely good visual comprehension skills]].
* BeatPanel: Seirin's reaction to anything [[CloudCuckooLander Kiyoshi]] does in Quarter 55, to the point of it being a running gag.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Hyuuga and Aida most notably (he's the only guy she hits for staring, blushing, and drooling at Momoi's ample cleavage)
** When they are planning the basketball team's training camp, the other guys on the team secretly followed them and complained.
--->Seirin: Don't plan for the camp with such a lovey-dovey air!!!!
* {{Benched Hero}}: [[spoiler:Kuroko and Kagami]] during the Seihou game. [[spoiler:Kagami]] is also benched at the critical moment in the [[spoiler:Seirin vs Touou]] match, due to his [[GameBreakingInjury injury]] acting up.
* BerserkerTears: [[spoiler:Himuro]] gets these in Quarter 165, while yelling at [[spoiler:Murasakibara]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Kiyoshi]] becomes this during Seirin's match against Yousen, since he comes in and tips the scales in Seirin's favor during the crucial part of the match.
* {{Bishonen}}: Being a shounen sports manga, naturally the series runs with this. However, particular mention goes to Kise, who is acknowledged as one InUniverse - he even works as a model!
* BlandNameProduct: The burger joint where Kagami and Kuroko often hang out.
** The clock in Episode 10 of the anime, "Citizon" instead of Citizen.
* BoringButPractical: Furihata's entire playstyle. While he doesn't have the raw skill and special shots of most of the other players, his presence on the court slows down Seirin's pace, which prevents them from making silly mistakes while caught in the pressures of the match.
* BreakTheCutie: The Teikou arc is essentially this for the entire Generation of Miracles, but particularly Kuroko and Aomine.
* BreatherEpisode: Quarter 94, which follows the Seirin team as they attempt clean up their club room, happens directly after the climax of the second Seirin and Shuutoku match and [[spoiler:the revelation about Kiyoshi's injury]]. It's even mentioned to be one in universe, as the team is supposed to use the day for relaxing before resuming training.
* TheBusCameBack: For the Seihou team in Quarter 75.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Kise!
* CantCatchUp: Though he looks to be on par with the Generation of Miracles, the truth is that [[spoiler:Himuro]] will never be able to catch up to players like [[spoiler:Kagami]] and reach the level of a prodigy. It's something of a complex for him.
* CareerEndingInjury: [[spoiler:Kiyoshi's knee. It's so bad that the Winter Cup is the last tournament he'll ever be able to play in.]]
** Alex's eyesight deteriorated bad enough to cut her WNBA career short.
* CastOfSnowflakes: A great amount of detail is put into the spectators at the matches.
* CatchPhrase: One of their opponents, Hanamiya: [[ILied "There's no way I'd say that, dumbass."]]
** As well as Aomine's "The only one who can beat me is me."
** Kiyoshi often runs into games with a "Let's have some fun~!" [[BorrowedCatchphrase Quite a bit of his teammates have used this one as well.]]
** Midorima's "Man proposes, God disposes."
* CharacterTitle
* TheChessmaster: Riko Aida. Though Momoi is rapidly overtaking her.
** Akashi, full stop.
* ChickMagnet: Kise always has hordes of fangirls coming to watch his matches.
** Izuki too, at least in Seirin. Though they always run away when he starts [[PungeonMaster telling jokes.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Aomine and Momoi, Kagami and [[spoiler:Himuro.]] The Teikou era WholeEpisodeFlashback shows us that [[spoiler:Kuroko and Ogiwara]] were this. Well, [[BreakTheCutie until]] [[HeroicBSOD things]] [[StoppedCaring happened.]]
** Coincidentally, two of the three pairs listed have had major fallings out over basketball.
* CloudCuckooLander: Kiyoshi, Murasakibara.
* ColourCodedCharacters: And to what a degree! All the members of the Generation of Miracles have a color as part of their names and - with the exception of Kuroko and his ''blue'' hair (Kuro = black) - their names all match the color of their hair (and eyes). Aomine (Ao = blue) has blue hair, Midorima (Midori = green) has green hair, Momoi (Momo = peach/pink) has pink hair, Murasakibara (Murasaki = purple) has purple hair, Akashi (Aka = red) has red hair, and Kise (Ki = yellow) has yellow hair. Also Haizaki (Hai = grey), before [[spoiler: Akashi kicked him out of the team and Kise replaced him]], though Haizaki's hair was actually blonde in his middle school years. [[spoiler: The newly revealed Nijimura, captain of Teikou before Akashi, even follows it (Niji = rainbow) despite his hair being the least colorful of the lot (black). Though he does, apparently, have rainbow-colored wristbands.]]
* ColorFailure: The Seirin regulars suffer from this after they see the picture of Shinkyou's ace.
** Happens after the rest of the team see [[BookDumb Kagami's]] grades.
** The default reaction after tasting [[LethalChef Riko's]] cooking.
** When the Seirin team get caught by Riko [[OutdoorBathPeeping trying to peep into the girls' side of the hot spring.]]
* CombatCommentator: Though the series has no set commentator, this duty often falls to the coaches, managers and players watching in the stands.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Both Kuroko and Kagami have this in the beginning. For Kagami, it's his tendency to always go for dunks, as they can be easily blocked if his opponent is skilled enough. And Kuroko's whole misdirection skill is pretty useless if the player he's shadowing isn't on court.
* CripplingTheCompetition: Kirisaki Daiichi make this a habit. They were the ones who gave [[spoiler:Kiyoshi]] his GameBreakingInjury after all.
* CrowdSurfing: Kagami tosses Fukuda on top of the lunch crowd and tries to demonstrate his American surfing skills.
* CurbStompBattle: Generation of Miracles as a team versus pretty much anyone. After they split up, a GOM player versus pretty much any team without another GOM player is also this. Aomine, who doesn't usually bother with showing up on time to matches, actually came on time for his match against [[WorthyOpponent Kise.]]
** [[spoiler: The Touou versus Seirin match definitely counts, as Aomine nets them the win by practically double the points, despite showing up at the halftime mark]].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: [[http://www.zerochan.net/875757 All seven members of the Generation of Miracles team,]] [[http://4.p.s.mfcdn.net/store/manga/5259/12-105.0/compressed/kims_kuroko_no_basket_ch105.knb_v12_108-109.jpg including the manager Satsuki Momoi.]] They practically form a rainbow when they stand together.
** Kagami has this too.
* CutenessProximity: Riko for TeamPet Tetsuya #2.
* DatePeepers: Kise and Aomine spy on Momoi and Kuroko's date in the extra of Quarter 108.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kuroko, definitely.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Kagami to each member of the Generation of Miracles.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Kise says as much to Midorima, to justify eating with Kuroko and Kagami. [[{{Tsundere}} Midorima of course doesn't agree.]]
* DopeSlap: [[ButtMonkey Kise]] is often on the receiving end of dope ''kicks'' from Kasamatsu.
** Kuroko's inflicted a few hits on Kagami, ostensibly to reign in his [[HotBlooded temper]].
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: At the start of the manga, Kagami doesn't know how to regulate the strength of his jumps, and thus unknowingly puts a lot of pressure on the body when he does so. He spends most of the first training arc trying get some control over this.
* DoubleTake[=/=]SpitTake[=/=]WildTake: Common reactions in people who get surprised by [[StealthHiBye Kuroko.]]
* DownToTheLastPlay: Happens often in climatic matches.
* DreamTeam: The Generation of Miracles, during their middle school years. Of course, this [[DownerEnding turned most of the members into jerkasses when playing basketball, prompting Kuroko to leave the team, and is also what caused the team to fall apart]]. This is averted in the present day, as though they're collectively still through of as this, they are no longer a 'team' since they all go to different schools.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Murasakibara]] activating the [[spoiler:Zone]] during the final few seconds of the Seirin vs Yousen game.
** Averted during the [[spoiler:Seirin vs Rakuzan]] match, where [[spoiler:Kagami]] activates the [[spoiler:Zone]] mere [[LetsGetSerious seconds after the game begins.]]
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: The [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/24614/kuroko-no-basuke_v11_ch95_by_imangascans/4 photo]] of Hyuuga that Kuroko and Kagami dig up in Quarter 95. It's so bad that even [[TheStoic Kuroko]] [[NotSoStoic cracks a grin at it]].
* EmbarrassingSlide: After Riko scouts out Shinkyou, she comes back armed with pictures of their star player. However the first picture she accidentally shows Seirin is that of a cute kitten.
* EpicFail: Whenever Kuroko attempts a basketball move that's not misdirection. Though he's getting better as the manga progresses.
** Kagami has a few in Quarter 83. First he jumps too high when going for a dunk and hits his head on the basket, and then, after scoring the winning shot with an epic dunk, he loses his grip on the basket and falls.
** The NG gag reels at the end of just about every chapter spoof this mercilessly. For example, in the NG for Quarter 90, Kuroko fails his [[spoiler:Vanishing Drive]] during a dramatic one-on-one with Midorima.
-->'''Kagami''': [[LampshadeHanging "Hey..there's a limit to how much you can fail!!"]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Hyuuga goes through two in quick succession during his first year at Seirin. The first was him gaining DelinquentHair after [[spoiler:losing his passion for basketball]] and the second was him going back to his original style after regaining it.
** Riko cuts her hair short after [[spoiler:Seirin reaches the finals of the Winter Cup]].
* TheFaceless: Akashi, who is always shown from the back or the neck down. When he's face-to-face with the main characters, he has a FaceFramedInShadow. [[TheReveal The reveal]] of his face at the end of chapter [[spoiler: 113]] is pretty scary, complete with HellishPupils.
* {{Fanservice}}: Plenty, especially during the HotSpringsEpisode.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Averted with a vengeance, as both [[CuteSportsClubManager Riko and Momoi]] are [[LethalChef lethal chefs.]] Sort of played straight with [[ShrinkingViolet Sakurai]], who is the most feminine guy on the Touou team and is also a SupremeChef.
* FetchQuest: Quarter 12, in which the Seirin freshmen attempt to buy a Black Iberia Pig sandwich for the second years.
* FiveManBand: Naturally played with a ''ton'' as basketball games comprise of five active players.
** Generation of Miracles
*** TheHero - Debatable, but most likely the captain, Akashi, as identified by his [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] status and [[RedHeadedHero red hair.]]
*** TheLancer - Aomine. Or Midorima (the vice-captain), if his conversation with Akashi during the shogi matches they used to play while in middle school is of any indication.
*** TheBigGuy - Murasakibara (208 cm) who manages to tower over ''all'' the other Generation of Miracles members - including Aomine (192 cm), Kise (189 cm) and Midorima (195 cm).
*** TheSmartGuy - Midorima (the [[NumberTwo vice-captain]]) wears glasses, gets good grades [[spoiler: because of his absurdly lucky pencil]], and is shown to strategize often. Momoi has shades of this, given [[spoiler: her skills at data analysis.]] Or Akashi, who outdoes them both in this department.
*** TheChick - Kise, noted to be the weakest member of the Generation of Miracles [[spoiler:until his Perfect Copy]] or Momoi, the actual [[TheChick Chick]]. Or Kuroko whose misdirection skills can't be used for the duration of the entire match.
*** SixthRanger - Kuroko, as Teikou's "Phantom Sixth Man" or Kise, who joined the first string's regular team only in his second year (replacing Haizaki) whereas the rest all joined in their first year. He was also the last to join the basketball team.
** Seirin High
*** TheHero - Kagami
*** TheLancer - Hyuuga
*** TheBigGuy - Mitobe, who has yet to ''say a single word''
*** TheSmartGuy - Izuki
*** TheChick - Koganei
*** TeamMom / CoolBigSis - Aida, overlapping with TheChick.
*** TeamDad - Kiyoshi, overlapping with TheLancer.
*** SixthRanger - Kuroko. Despite being the protagonist, he's this because he can't play full matches, due to how his ability of misdirection can't work for the full 40 minutes.
** Touou High
*** TheHero - Aomine; he's the ace of the team, after all.
*** TheLancer - Kousuke Wakamatsu, who is constantly at-odds with Aomine's laziness.
*** TheSmartGuy - Imayoshi (captain of the team; glasses + good at strategy)
*** TheChick - Momoi has the appearance, but Sakurai has the personality.
* {{Foil}}: Kuroko, a short, physically weak specialist player and a [[TheStoic stoic]] DeadpanSnarker; and Kagami, a tall, naturally talented power player and a HotBlooded IdiotHero.
** This is actually the whole point of Kuroko's playing style: He finds someone who stands out as a skilled and powerful player, and uses them to draw attention from himself, allowing him to better support them without being noticed.
** Kuroko and [[spoiler:Murasakibara]]. One loves basketball but has little to no talent at it, while the other doesn't really care much for it but is just coasting through on his natural talent.
* ForegoneConclusion: Runs rampant in Quarter 128, where everyone is absolutely convinced that Seirin will be defeated by [[spoiler:Touou]]. [[spoiler: However, Seirin has a [[HeroicSecondWind few]] [[IAmNotLeftHanded tricks]] up their sleeve...]]
** Opposing teams generally didn't even bother to put up fight when they played against the Miracles post-bloom, as to according to them every match would turn out the [[CurbStompBattle same way]]. [[spoiler:This type of behavior from their opponents caused most of the Miracles (especially Murasakibara) to lose their passion for basketball, which resulted in them seeing each game as something of a chore.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In Quarter 36, Kise's monologue is littered with fun shots of the rest of Seirin's attempts at okonomiyaki flipping.
* GameBreakingInjury: The leg injury that Kagami receives during the the first Shuutoku game, which causes him to be benched during the most important part of the [[spoiler:Seirin vs Touou match.]]
** [[spoiler:Kiyoshi's]] knee injury, which he got [[spoiler:the year previous during the match against [[CripplingTheCompetition Kirisaki Daiichi]]]] starts acting up in the climax of the second Shuutoku match, which causes him to [[spoiler:miss the free throw that would have won the game]].
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler: Kuroko]] to [[spoiler: Kagami]] in chapter 32.
** Done once more to [[spoiler: Kagami]] in chapter 77 by ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Tetsuya #2]]'' (The [[TeamPet team dog]]).)
** Himuro does this to [[spoiler:Murasakibara]] in Quarter 165.
* Gonk: Kaijou's coach.
* GracefulLoser: Subverted by [[InSeriesNickname Dad]] in Quarter 15. Though his first lines of dialogue to Kagami (complete with LoveBubbles!) seem to indicate this, [[SoreLoser he quickly starts cussing him out and has to be dragged away by his captain.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Quarter 76, where Kagami and [[spoiler:Himuro]] have an entire conversation in English. It's [[JustifiedTrope justified though]], as the two knew each other in the States and are probably more used to chatting to each other in English.
** Hyuuga tends to lapse into English if he's angry enough.
-->'''Kagami''': THIS IS JAPANESE RUNCH TIME RUSH!
* HairTriggerTemper: Kagami. He gets somewhat better.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: [[spoiler:Murasakibara]] is a firm believer of this. It's averted for Kuroko, who gained this Misdirection skills through lots of hard training. This is the main reason why the two are [[{{Foil}} foils]] for each other.
* HaveWeMet: Midorima asks this when Kagami introduces himself to him. The fact that he clearly ''does'' know (having attended every Seirin game to that point) is promptly lampshaded by Takao.
* TheHeart: Kuroko tried to be this in the end of his time at the Teiko basketball team, but failed. He is getting to his old teammates now about the importance of team spirit, especially Kise.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Kuroko]] suffers from a short-lived one halfway through the [[spoiler:second]] Seirin vs Touou game.
** [[spoiler:Kiyoshi]] gets hit with this ''hard'' during the Seirin vs [[spoiler:Yousen]] match.
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/189018/kuroko-no-basuke_ch226_by_ata/19 Kuroko]]]] and [[spoiler:[[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/189018/kuroko-no-basuke_ch226_by_ata/18 Ogiwara]]]] get hit with ''massive'' ones after [[spoiler:Teikou's third national victory]], which also doubles as serious BreakTheCutie moments.
* HeroInsurance: Averted. Moments after Kagami destroys Kaijou's backboard, the rest of Seirin are seen worrying about how they're going to pay for it.
* HeroicSecondWind: Seirin get an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome epic one]] during [[spoiler:the second match with Touou.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: If the characters aren't interpreted with HoYay [[ShippingGoggles Goggles]] on, then they're probably this.
** Kagami and Himuro pre-series.
** Kasamatsu and Kise. (Especially with their [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple bickering]].)
** Kagami and Kuroko are probably the crowning example.
** Kuroko and Aomine while in middle school, before Aomine's change in attitude.
* HotBlooded: Seeing as it's a sports manga, lots of characters qualify as this, but especially Kagami.
* HotSpringsEpisode: the training session between Touou and Seirin which culminated with [[spoiler: Momoi and Aida pressed chest-to-chest.]]
* HourOfPower: Kise's Perfect Copy, which allows him to copy moves from the Generation of Miracles, can only be sustained for five minutes. That is, until the Seirin vs Kaijou rematch where [[spoiler:his [[{{Determinator}} sheer determination to win]] allows him to make it last for two extra minutes.]]
* HowWeGotHere: Quarter 140.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Kuroko unleashing [[spoiler:Misdirection Overflow]] during the Winter Cup match against [[spoiler:Touou.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Episodes/chapters are called Quarters, the anime episode titles are taken from the episodes' dialogue.
* ILetYouWin: It is hinted that [[spoiler:Kiyoshi]] let [[spoiler:Kagami]] win during their faceoff in Quarter 55, due to the fact that he was [[spoiler:wearing his indoor shoes]] at the time.
** During their final one-on-one in America, Kagami deliberately allowed [[spoiler:Himuro]] to win. Contrary to his expectations, this did more harm than good, as he failed to realize that [[spoiler:Himuro has a ''huge'' CantCatchUp complex concerning him.]]
* IronicEcho: "I believe you could jump". During the final minutes of the first Seirin vs Shuutoku match, it's first said by [[spoiler:Midorima, after he successfully predicts that Kagami could find the strength to pull off a [[InASingleBound third jump]] and moves to counter it]]. Then, seconds later, it's repeated by [[spoiler:Kuroko, who has predicted ''both'' Kagami's and Midorima's actions, and thus ends Midorima's counter before it could even start]].
* ItsPersonal: The main reason why the second years [[spoiler:[[BenchedHero bench Kagami and Kuroko]]]] during the match against Seihou: they want to get revenge for their defeat last year themselves.
** The Kirisaki Daiichi match is another one for the second years, especially for Kiyoshi and Hyuuga, since they were the team that [[spoiler:[[CripplingTheCompetition injured Kiyoshi's knee the previous year.]]]]
* JapaneseDelinquents: [[spoiler:Hyuuga]], of all people, tried to become one of these during his first year at Seirin, even going as far as [[DelinquentHair dyeing his hair blonde.]]
** Later on we have [[spoiler:Haizaki, a former regular of Teikou.]]
* JerkJock: Hanamiya Maktoto and the rest of the [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty Kirisaki Daiichi]] team, who actively participate in CripplingTheCompetition. Aomine has shades of this too. And Haizaki is all asshole all the time.
* {{Keet}}: Kise.
* LastNameBasis: Almost everywhere; notable in that even the fans refer to virtually all the characters by their last names.
* LethalChef: The series seems hell bent on averting the FeminineWomenCanCook stereotype, as both [[CuteSportsClubManager Riko and Momoi]] are this.
* LimitBreak: [[spoiler:Zone]], a state of concentration which lets a player play with the full 100% of their potential. So far, [[spoiler:Aomine, Kagami and Murasakibara]] have unlocked this.
** TruthInTelevision: The [[spoiler: Zone]] itself has been proven scientifically as an extremely mentally focused state where one's physical and mental abilities are dramatically increased. [[http://news.yahoo.com/human-brains-could-hacked-162320290.html Here]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Well, there's the original 7 from Teikou and 7 from Seirin (not to mention Kiyoshi), and then the various teams and teammates that get a ton of development time. There are 4 from Kaijou, 4 from Touou, 3 from Shuutoku, and that's not even counting the random opponents that Seirin fights really hard against and wins...only to appear as spectators (with dialogue!) some 50-odd chapters later - still wanting a rematch!
* LoveBubbles: [[TheStoic Kuroko]], of all people, gets them after he tries a [[ItMakesSenseInContext delicious sandwich.]]
* ManlyTears: Kise is moved to tears after he [[spoiler:experiences his first ever defeat.]]
** Kise (again) and Kasamatsu after [[spoiler:losing to Touou in the Inter-High, despite giving it their all.]]
*** [[spoiler:[[http://mangafox.me/manga/kuroko_no_basuke/v19/c169/9.html Murasakibara]] after losing to Seirin, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/kuroko_no_basuke/vTBD/c183/11.html Midorima]] after losing to Rakuzan, and [[http://mangafox.me/manga/kuroko_no_basuke/vTBD/c203/10.html Kise]] ''again'' after losing to Seirin again.]]
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: The Seihou team base their playstyle around basic martial arts movements.
* MassOhCrap: Seirin suffer from this at the end of Quarter 155 after [[spoiler:Murasakibara switches to offensive play.]]
* MementoMacGuffin: Kagami's ring, which was given to him by [[spoiler:Himuro.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Kuroko's single wristband]], which originally belonged to [[spoiler:[[ChildhoodFriends Ogiwara]]]]. This ''definitely'' doubles as as TragicKeepsake, seeing as he only got it after [[spoiler:Ogiwara quit basketball]].
* MrFanservice: Kagami. He gets tons of shirtless scenes, especially in the anime. There's even a scene where he only uses a small towel to cover his lower body.
* MsFanservice: Momoi generally, especially with her F-cup breasts (as analyzed by a very jealous Aida Riko) and bikini/bath/shower scenes.
** Alex, the woman who taught Kagami basketball in America, enjoys walking around naked or in her underwear, greets everyone by kissing them on the mouth ([[BiTheWay including Riko]]), and has by far the biggest bust in the series.
* MyGreatestFailure: Kasamatsu has never forgiven himself for making the mispass that caused Kaijou to be eliminated from the Inter-High preliminaries the previous year.
** Though it's never stated outright, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:failing to fulfill his promise with Ogiwara]] and [indirectly being the reason why [[spoiler: he quite basketball]] are this for [[spoiler:Kuroko]].
* NakedFirstImpression: [[MsFanservice Alex]] is first seen when Koganei [[NotWhatItLooksLike catches her in Kagami's bed wearing nothing but panties.]] She is still mostly undressed when introducing herself to the Seirin team.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Kuroko is the most blatant offender, seemingly unveiling a new skill in every important match. To date we have Cyclone Pass, Ignite Pass, Vanishing Drive, Ignite Pass Kai, Misdirection Overflow and Phantom Shot. It's slightly justified though, as the moves are picked to pieces by opposing teams almost as soon as they're shown, or if not, in the match right after.
* TheNicknamer: Riko's dad. Kise and Murasakibara may count to a lesser extent, as Kise adds "cchi" to the end of the names of people he's acknowledged, whether they want him to or not, while Murasakibara adds a "-chin" to a shortened version of the name.
* NoSell: At first, Kuroko's Misdirection has no effect on [[spoiler:Takao, due to his 'Hawk's Eye' ability.]]
** This happens again during the second [[spoiler:Seirin vs Touou]] match, due to [[spoiler:Imayoshi marking him]] and [[spoiler:Aomine's]] ability to read his playstyle.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:Kuroko]] suffers from a major HeroicBSOD and then [[FreakOut utterly]] [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/189018/kuroko-no-basuke_ch226_by_ata/20 shatters]] in the aftermath of [[spoiler:Teikou's third national victory]]. The chapter after that, it's clear that he's close to tears after discovering that he has no chance to fulfill his promise to [[spoiler:Ogiwara]], due to him [[spoiler:transferring out of the area, and quitting basketball]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Quarter 140. Koganei finds a naked woman in Kagami's bed. And then said naked woman passionately kisses Kagami on the lips while proclaiming that she's missed him. [[spoiler:The woman is Kagami's old coach. Why she's naked is another matter entirely.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: A few characters have been noted to be much sharper than their usual attitudes would suggest, like Kiyoshi and Kise.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The scene where the Generation of Miracles pass by Seirin. When it [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/26759/kuroko-no-basuke_v11_ch98_by_imangascans/11 first shows up]] in Seirin's WholeEpisodeFlashback, it's really only a nice little throw in. However, when it's [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/186317/kuroko-no-basuke_ch224_by_akashi-scans/16 seen again]] in ''Teikou's'' WholeEpisodeFlashback, it's the prelude to [[spoiler:Kuroko being reintroduced to the joy and passion of basketball.]] Also, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:the memories of that run-in is what convinced him to attend Seirin in the first place.]]
* OnlySaneMan: A duty which, sadly, falls upon Midorima more often than not, especially with Kise's antics and Kuroko's indifference towards said antics.
** It's getting hilarious when this duty in Seirin team falls upon [[PungeonMaster Izuki]] of all people. Especially noted in hot spring chapter when Seirin boys tried to peek on woman's bath. That he pointed out that his and Kuroko's skill is not for peeking.
** [[TheCaptain Kasamatsu]] is this for the Kaijou team.
* PapaWolf: Riko's dad, big time. He pulls a ''gun'' on the Seirin team after he finds out that they [[OutdoorBathPeeping attempted to peek on Riko in the hot spring.]]
** [[TeamDad Kiyoshi]] is one for the Seirin team when things get serious.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Riko uses one a lot in the anime.
* PaperThinDisguise: Midorima's idea of a good disguise seem to be exchanging his usual specs for sunglasses. It fools nobody.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: When Alex [[NakedFirstImpression introduces herself to the team wearing nothing but underwear]], Kagami does this.
-->'''Kagami''': "Just shut it and put some pants on!"
* PornStash: The previous year, Riko found a [[HotTeacher sexy teacher]] stash during the clubroom cleanup and punished the members by making them do [[TrainingFromHell five times the normal training menu.]] This year, the team tries to clean everything out beforehand[[spoiler:...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny but miss one.]]]]
* PowerPerversionPotential: Lampshaded in Quarter 109, where Seirin theorize that Izuki's Eagle Eye and Kuroko's Midrection will be good for [[ThePeepingTom peeping.]]
-->[[OnlySaneMan '''Izuki''']]: "IT'S NOT THAT KIND OF SKILL!!"
* PreviouslyOn: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Previously on Kuroko no Basuke]], [[NotWhatItLooksLike a deep kiss was unleashed.]]
* PungeonMaster: Izuki.
* ReactionShot: The series has several, but the one that takes the cake has to be the [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/95765/kuroko-no-basuke_v15_ch129_by_imangascans/2 entire crowd (including the Generation of Miracles!) gawking]] at Kuroko's [[spoiler:Misdirection Overflow.]]
** [[spoiler:Akashi's shot into ''his own hoop'' against Shuutoku]] deserves an honorable mention. [[LiteralMinded Bonus points for it playing this trope literally as well.]]
* RealMenCook: Kagami and Sakurai, with Sakurai showing definite signs of being a SupremeChef. It's a good thing they can too, as both their managers are [[LethalChef lethal chefs.]]
* TheRival: It's a basketball manga so this pops up pretty often. The Generation of Miracles are all rivals to each other now that they've separated into different schools, the Crownless Generals were the rivals for the Generation of Miracles, and Kagami aims to defeat all five members of the Generation of Miracles.
** Crosses a little into UnknownRival territory for Kagami since the Generation of Miracles didn't know he existed initially. The situation's changing now, though.
* RousingSpeech: [[TheCaptain Hyuuga's]] one in Quarter 19 almost falls flat, as him bringing up their loss the previous year depresses all the second years. He quickly turns it around, though.
** Though [[spoiler:they lost]], [[TheCaptain Kasamatsu]] gives an epic one to Kaijou in order to snap them out of their funk in Quarter 73.
-->'''Kasamatsu''': Buck up everybody! [[spoiler:You've tried your best!]] We're among the best eight teams in the entire nation! Go back with pride!"
* RunningGag: Kuroko seemingly appearing out of nowhere, only to reveal that he's been there the whole time.
** Invoked by Kuroko at one point. At a team gathering, he claims he's been there the whole time, when that time, he actually was late.
** And hilariously inverted later on. Kagami goes to talk to Kuroko when he's concentrating on practicing by himself. When Kuroko notices him, he says, [[HypocriticalHumor "Please don't sneak up on me like that. I'll get angry.'']]
** Kagami being so excited for upcoming matches that he forgets to sleep the night before.
** Someone from Seirin always ordering alcoholic drinks whenever the team goes out.
** [[HotSpringsEpisode Kagami scrubbing Hyuuga's back]] with the wrong kind of brush. (And the rest of Seirin's SayMyName moment afterwards.)
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Kuroko and Momoi, especially in her [[http://www.tenmanga.com/chapter/KurokonoBasket38/186660-11.html introduction scene]]
* SayMyName: Midorima is a common offender, particularly in the first Seirin vs. Shuutoku match.
** Aomine and Kise exchange this trope constantly during the match between their teams. Quickly reaches {{Narm}} levels, especially with Kise, who is executing this trope while calling Aomine "Aominecchi".
** Quarter 58: Hyuuga? HYUUGAAAAA!!
** Kagami and [[spoiler:Himuro's]] one-on-one clash in Quarter 162. KAAAGAMIII! [[spoiler:HIIMUROOO!]]
* SerialEscalation: There are plenty of examples - the amount of time Kagami manages to stay in the air, many of Aomine's shots (notably the one [[http://www.tenmanga.com/chapter/KurokonoBasukeCh048/195519-18.html against the backboard]]), and, of course, Kuroko's ability to stay below the radar despite the fact that he has blue hair in a world where the vast majority of other people have normal hair colors.
** Might be FridgeBrilliance? Opponents of the Generation of Miracles Team probably got blinded by [[http://www.dm5.com/m93512-p2/ all the different hair colors they have to bother noticing another guy with oddly colored hair.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Of course, basketball.
* ShoutOut: In Chapter 94, look very closely at this [[http://i10.mangareader.net/kuroko-no-basket/94/kuroko-no-basket-2594265.jpg image]], you may just see someone [[OnePiece familiar.]]
** In that same chapter, when Hyuuga orders the first years to decide who cleans the fungus infested locker using jan-ken-pon and Kagami objects to the hierarchy:
--->'''Hyuuga:''' You're in Japan. [[Film/ThreeHundred Dis!]] [[GratuitousEnglish Iz!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Zapan!!]]
** [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Tsuchida being bit by a cat before the Touou game]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Sakurai is a RareMaleExample.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: This trope does ''not'' apply for Hyuuga, much to Kagami's surprise.
--> '''Kagami''': "I thought guys in glasses are supposed to be..."
--> '''Hyuuga''': [[LampshadeHanging "YOU THOUGHT ALL MEN IN SPECTACLES ARE GEEKS?!"]]
** It does apply to Riko (who scored the second best grades out of the entire school) and Midorima.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Momoi with the Generation of Miracles [[spoiler: with Akashi joking about how unfair it was that Aomine got the only girl]] and later Touou High. Aida with Seirin High. Somewhat justified as it's a shonen manga about boy's basketball.
* SmoochOfVictory: In Quarter 19, Riko attempts to motivate the guys by promising them this. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It's not very effective...]]
* SpockSpeak: Kuroko speaks pretty formally for a teenage boy. When he stops doing so, you know [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness shit's getting serious]].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: The Generations of Miracles were this for the Uncrowned Generals.
* StealthHiBye: People never notice when Kuroko enters the room, until when he says something.
* StoppedCaring: By the time the Teikou years draw to a close, all of the Miracles suffer from this. [[spoiler:And also Ogiwara.]]
* TheStoic: Kuroko.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Lampshaded and PlayedForLaughs in the chapter 107 bloopers omake, where Kuroko misses the ball because of the speech he's making.
* TeamDad: Kiyoshi is occasionally this for the Seirin team, with definite overtones of PapaWolf.
* TeamPet: In the 74th Quarter, Kuroko picks up an adorable black puppy that Aida ''immediately falls in love with'' and the rest of the team decides to name Tetsuya #2 because the dog's eyes (and expression [[spoiler: or lack thereof]]) look ''just like Kuroko's''.
* TeamSpirit: A running theme throughout the series. It's especially important to Kuroko.
* TeenGenius: Both Hanamiya Maktoto and Seto Kentaro of Kirisaki Daiichi, with Seto having an IQ of 160.
* ThemeNaming: For [[DayOfTheWeekName Seirin]] and the [[ColorfulThemeNaming Generation of Miracles]]. Also for the [[FloralThemeNaming Uncrowned Generals]].
** Seirin (in order starting from Sunday): Hyuuga(日), Izuki(月), Kagami(火), Mitobe(水), Kiyoshi(木), Koganei(金), and Tsuchida(土).
** The Uncrowned Generals: Kiyoshi(木 = tree/wood), Hanamiya(花 = flower), [[spoiler:Hayama(葉 = leaf), Mibuchi(実 = fruit/seed), Nebuya(根 = root).]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: Furihata, Kawahara, and Fukuda - the other three Seirin freshman besides Kuroko and Kagami.
* TitleDrop: In every single chapter. You just have to look for it.
** The last page of chapter 227 gets a special mention though; not only does it drop the chapter's title (which is itself a CallBack to chapter 1), [[spoiler:Akashi drops the title of the series itself. Especially notable in that the Akashi at that point was on a FirstNameBasis with Kuroko and yet still used his last name then.]]
* TournamentArc: The Inter-High, Winter Cup and Nationals make up the three big ones in the basketball calendar.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: The Kirisaki Daiichi team are the champions of this, what with their love of CripplingTheCompetition and all.
** Kaijou skirts the line during their match against Touou, when they [[spoiler:deliberately provoke [[TheAce Aomine]] into fouling four times in an attempt the neutralize him.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Midorima. Takao even says as much.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Averted in the first [[spoiler:Seirin vs Touou]] game.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: The last years of Teikou really did a number on the Generation of Miracle's personalities. Standouts are Aomine and [[spoiler: Akashi.]]
* WeakButSkilled: Kuroko. He doesn't have the talent or the build for basketball, but because of his highly refined and practiced skill at misdirection, he was able to achieve the status of the "Phantom Sixth Player" of the legendary Generation of Miracles, and is respected by the rest for his skill of misdirection.
* WeMeetAgain: [[http://www.batoto.net/read/_/13461/kuroko-no-basuke_v2_ch16_by_colonnine/9 Kagami pulls a rather intimidating one]] on the Meijou Institute team (A.K.A the thugs that he, Kuroko and Kise [[CurbStompBattle completely trashed]] in a street game some chapters before) in Quarter 16. It freaks them out so badly that they practically throw the game, losing 41 to 108.
* WhamLine: In Quarter 128. Also counts as a PreAssKickingOneLiner.
-->'''Izuki''': It didn't run out. [[IAmNotLeftHanded We made it run out.]]
** Quarter 226 gives us this line from [[spoiler:Akashi]], who has just being asked [[spoiler:whether he enjoys basketball]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Akashi]]''': ...[[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove I'm afraid I don't understand the question.]]
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Or rather, [[spoiler:what is this thing you call enjoyment]]? Turns out, by the end of their Teikou days, some of the Miracles, [[spoiler:such as Akashi]], can't even answer the question of whether they [[spoiler: enjoy basketball or not]].
* WhenItAllBegan: Not a ''direct'' example, but throughout the series, other members of the Generation of Miracles constantly ask Kuroko why he left after they won the third championship at Teikou, a backstory which has yet to be revealed, except being implied in conversation. [[spoiler:It's finally going to be revealed by Kuroko.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Quarters 95 to 99, which show the forming of the Seirin basketball team and explain [[spoiler:how Kiyoshi got his GameBreakingInjury.]]
** Quarters 204 to 227 chronicle the forming, blooming and breaking of the Generation of Miracles. Apart from clearing up a bunch of lingering plot points (such as the whole debacle between Kise and Hanzaki and what exactly is going on with [[spoiler:Akashi]]), it also introduces a bunch of new characters, like their old captain and, more importantly, [[spoiler:Kuroko's [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]], who has a central part in the chain of events that lead to Kuroko quitting the team]].
* TheWorfEffect: Many new opponents get introduced with no other badge of honor than 'better than/able to defeat Kise'.
** Though to be fair, Kise did state that he was the weakest player in the Generation of Miracles. It would be expected that the others could beat him. [[spoiler:Until he unlocks Perfect Copy and becomes unstoppable... and then gets defeated by Seirin while ''still'' being unstoppable.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Over the course of the manga, Kagami evolves from UnknownRival to this in the eyes of the Miracles. Before he arrived on the scene, the Miracles considered each other as their only worthwhile opponents. [[spoiler: The lack of these during their Teikou days is a huge part of the reason why the Miracles are what they are today.]]
* YearsTooEarly: Touou taunts Seirin this way during their Winter Cup match. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for them, it triggers Seirin's HeroicSecondWind.]]
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: A variant happens in Quarter 36, in that everyone meets in a restaurant ''after'' all the adventure has been had.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pretty much all of the Generation of Miracles (and Kagami!) but most notably Kuroko, who has this weird mix between teal and light blue and ''somehow still manages to blend into the background''.
* YouMustBeCold: Kagami brings Kuroko his jacket in Quarter 124, after the latter goes to brood outside in the cold.
-->'''Kagami''': "You'll get cold, idiot."
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