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[[caption-width-right:255:Mada mada dane!]]

''The Prince of Tennis'' is a [[LongRunners long-running]] sports anime and manga series, and has spawned a live-action movie, video games, and over a dozen musicals. What's it about? Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "boys playing tennis"]] ...[[CaptainObvious duh]]!

Okay, but seriously, folks... the story's about this kid named Echizen Ryoma, a pre-teen tennis prodigy who transfers to Seigaku (a shortened form of Seishun Gakuen, used by everyone in the series), a school renowned for its rich tennis tradition. In the next ranking tournament he beats some of best players in the school and secures a place on the regular tennis club. From then on, the series follows the Seigaku tennis club's progress towards the middle school National Championship, facing a new rival team in each [[TournamentArc new story arc]]. The characters develop their own styles of play (complete with [[ArtisticLicensePhysics increasingly bizarre and complex shots]]). Even the sometimes hard-to-approach Echizen eventually learns what the game means to him as time goes on.

The manga has ended in Japan (where it was wildly successful), with over 40 volumes and 40 million copies sold in that country alone. The sequel, Shin Prince of Tennis, is currently ongoing and now also has the anime airing. A LiveActionAdaptation Movie was also made. Two animated movies have also been released in cinemas: The Two Samurai: The First Game, co-released with short movie A Gift from Atobe (2005) and The Battle of the British City (2011).

Also! Characters/ThePrinceOfTennis Character sheet has just been added. '''PLEASE''', if you've got new tropes for the characters of the series, add them ''there''.

Also, there is the [[Theatre/ThePrinceOfTennis Musical Series page]], so you can add tropes related to the stage plays and actors.

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!!Tropes found in The Prince of Tennis:
* AerithAndBob: In the 2011 movie, most of the Clack Team have suitably Western sounding names like Keith and Peter... apart from Xiu. Though in his defense, he is implied to hail from a different foreign country.
* AdaptationDistillation:
** Each installment of ''[[Theatre/ThePrinceOfTennis Tenimyu]]'' does a great job of condensing an entire arc of the manga into a two hour musical.
** The OVA's have been praised by lots of fans for re-telling situations from the manga in quite a better light and portraying some characters more sympathetically. A clear example is the resolution of the [[spoiler: Atobe vs. Ryoma]] match in the Nationals, where [[spoiler: Ryoma's borderline {{Jerkass}}-ish behavior is quite toned down and Atobe even gets to cut his hair himself]].
* AdaptationExpansion: The anime pretty much completes characterization of secondary characters (gives the rival schools more spotlight and extras like Sakuno or the Freshmen Trio have more roles) and gives more context for many of the mini-arcs.
* AgainstTheSettingSun: Oishi and Eiji, Chitose and Shiraishi. Also Ryoma and Tezuka, who always end up playing by the sunset, or staring at each other in the beach volleyball episode.
** Even Ryoma and Sakuno get one in the anime, walking home as the sun sets.
** The setting for [[spoiler: Fuji and Kite's]] BackToBackBadasses moment in the 2011 movie.
* AdaptedOut: All the female characters are not included in the [[Theatre/ThePrinceOfTennis Musicals]]. Partially averted in the Shitenhouji Musical, where Sakuno does appear... ''played by one of the actors in drag''.
* AllThereInTheManual: Some of the most interesting, funny, and quirky data bits on the characters are in the fanbooks, especially the 40.5 one, which are later exploited in official anime material or ''Houkago no Oujisama,'' such as Ryoma wanting a UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, or [[{{Bloodknight}} Kirihara]] [[{{Tykebomb}} Akaya]] still believing in old St. Nick.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: With each arc, the new team that's introduced is always perceived to be a bigger challenge than the last. Shitenhouji, for example, is introduced by having them wipe the floor with Fudoumine. WordOfGod enforces this, stating that [[MightyGlacier Gin]] and [[LightningBruiser Kenya]] were created specifically to be more powerful than Tetsu and even quicker than [[FragileSpeedster Kamio]].
** And then there's [[UpToEleven the sequel series]], where some of the high schoolers outclass the middle schoolers by far. One of them plays -- almost literally -- like he's from ''another dimension.''
* ArtisticAge: The age of the teams' members get lampshaded more than once. The viewer wouldn't believe that these ''kids'' are middle-schoolers, especially comparing the 3rd Year guys' designs with those of the U-17 high schoolers.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Most of the time, the Captains of the team are one of, if not the best players on the team.
* BackToBackBadasses: The 2011 movie gives us [[spoiler: Tezuka and Shiraishi]] as well as [[spoiler: Fuji and Kite]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Fuji:''']] [[LampshadeHanging "Back-to-back irregular tennis, eh?"]]
* BadassBookworm: The Data Tennis players (Inui, Yanagi). Mizuki, Koharu and Dan also use their data like this sometimes.
* BadassNormal: Whereas the likes of Tezuka, Ryoma, Chitose, Kirihara and others like them can use the "Muga no Kyouchi" (The State of Self-Actualization), Inui, Atobe, and Fuji rely on pure skill.
* BareYourMidriff: Sakuno and Osakada in their cheerleader outfits.
* BatmanGambit: A vital part of the tennis strategies. Some notable users are Inui, Yanagi, Tezuka, Yukimura, Kawamura, Fuji, and Atobe.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Actually [[MundaneMadeAwesome tennis amongst the flames]]. But still. Happened in the movie between some underwater tennis and tennis in the sky.
* BattleAura: Goes hand in hand with the physics-defying tennis moves.
** Sanada's "Black Aura" has been hinted in ''The New Prince of Tennis'' as part of a new move.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 90, when Seigaku and Rokkaku play beach volleyball. A whole OVA is also dedicated to this. And it's bloody ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]]''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Fuji, Kawamura, Taichi, Yukimura, and sometimes Oishi.
* BigEater: Momoshiro, Echizen, Tanishi and Kabaji.
* BigFancyHouse: Atobe's mansion. Tezuka and Echizen's Japanese-styled homes.
* BigFancyCastle: Clack's hideout in the 2011 movie, [[ContrivedCoincidence which was previously one of Atobe's mansions.]]
* BishieSparkle: Taken to ridiculous levels for the effect of Fanservice.
* BlandNameProduct: Echizen drinks ''Ponta'', however, the Viz translation of the series, averts it by just going with "Fanta".
* BlatantLies: Higa's excuses for being in England in the 2011 movie, which include mastering Chinese martial arts and rescuing a princess from a demon lord. Actually, they [[NoodleIncident somehow]] managed to get lost while returning to Okinawa and [[ContrivedCoincidence ended up in England instead.]] Never mind that the two places are on different sides of the planet...
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Kevin, to some degree. He's more of a JerkAss than a true evil, then evolves into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Bane and Davide's trademark. Oshitari did [[DudeNotFunny NOT]] appreciate Davide trying to rope him into them, though.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Yuudai Yamato, Seigaku's ex-Captain: He looks and acts like a CloudCuckooLander, but has a razor-sharp intuition and can give you [[BigBrotherMentor really good advice]] if you're willing to listen to him. Eiji Kikumaru acts child-like and happy, but has an extremely sharp vision that not even Ryoma can keep with AND scaringly good reflexes, on top of his flexibility and high jumps.
* ButNotTooForeign:
** Jackal is half-Brazilian, half-Japanese. Makes some sense as Brazil ''does'' have a rather large Japanese colony.
** Atobe is hinted to be of mixed descent. It's more noticeable in the manga, as coloured pages depict him with blond hair and blue eyes while almost everyone else has brown, black or grey eyes.
* ButtMonkey: Kaidoh, during the "slice of life" episodes. Inui, whenever he tries to escape from punishments or challenges.
* CallingYourAttacks: "KIKUMARU BEEEEEAM!", "JAAAACK KNIIIIIIFE!"
** This is almost subverted in most cases, actually. After a move has had its dramatic debut, the character usually refrains from calling out his own move. Naturally, this does nothing to deter the random people standing around watching the match from wildly belting it out each and every time its used.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Earlier in the series, when the Emerald Pair first forms, Inui tells Kaidoh that his Data Tennis started out in his first year of middle school as trying to get more info about Tezuka in order to beat him. But, later on, it turns out that his friend from elementary, Yanagi, was the one who taught him Data Tennis.
* CanonForeigner: The American Team and other minor characters in the anime.
** Subverted with Jousei Shounan. In the manga, Seigaku beats Midoriyama Gakuen instead, while the anime made Jousei Shounan take their place instead. The team members, however, are anime originals, since they never appeared in the manga. Their coach Hanamura Aoi is stated to be the team coach in the manga, despite not appearing herself there.
* CanonImmigrant: Echizen Ryoga, originally created for the film, makes his canon debut later on ''The New Prince of Tennis'' manga. His background story is retconned to be Ryoma's older half-brother.
* CantCatchUp: The Fudomine and Rokkaku tennis clubs.
** To a certain degree Yamabuki as well. Apparently, they're useless without Akutsu.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: '''And how!''' One of the first implementations of BishonenJumpSyndrome, in fact.
* CastHerd: It's easier to remember the characters by their schools. Just see the [[Characters/ThePrinceOfTennis Character]] page.
* CatchPhrase: "Mada mada da ne!", "Yudan sezu ni ikou", "Ore-sama no bigi ni yoi na!", "Gekidasa daze!", "Tarundoru", "Yukimuraaaaaaa!". "BUUUURRRRNIIIING!", "Hoi hoi!", "Gekokujou", "Motto Tonde Miso", etc...
* CensorSteam: While the camera lovingly pans up Atobe Keigo's body while he takes a shower.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: The series starts off within plausibility, with real life moves like the Twist Serve, Buggy Whip, and Jackknife. Towards the end it moves straight into fantasy land with [[BattleAura auras]], ImprobableAimingSkills, teleportation, sense-dampening, and other moves with no physical explanation. The anime takes even less time getting into fantasy.
** [[BagofSpilling Instead of returning to normality]], ''The New Prince of Tennis'' series wastes no time on physical limits with X-ray vision, ball-duplication, and other-dimensional shots.
* ChickMagnet: Echizen (who barely notices), Atobe (who notices and LOVES it), Wakato (likewise) and Oishi (who ''hates'' it).
* ChivalrousPervert: Yuushi Oshitari, but very slightly (it's more played up in the dating sims, no matter what {{Fanon}} says).
* CloudCuckooLander: Jirou, when not playing. Shinji, when mumbling. Yamato ''seems'' to be one of these, but it's just a cover.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Tomoka, in regards to Ryoma.
* CoatCape: Yukimura, when we see him after he gets out of the hospital. In fact, the last match makes a point of noting that Ryoma is able to knock his jacket off while playing. Atobe is also guilty of this.
* TheCoatsAreOff: In the 2011 movie, [[spoiler: Sanada, Tezuka and Shiraishi]] make a point of flinging their uniform jackets off before getting down to business.
* CombatClairvoyance: The users of Pinnacle of Great Wisdom get this.
* CombatCommentator. Come ON, what's a sports manga ''without'' them? Main culprits are: The captains and coaches of each team, Inoue, Shiba, the first year Seigaku students, Nanjirou, and Inui.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Parodied with Shinji Ibu's long, odd mumbling rounds. The voice messages in his single CD's are all composed of random mumbling about practically ''anything''.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The 2011 movie has a lot. Clack's BigFancyCastle hideout turning out to be an old home of Atobe's and Higa appearing out of nowhere to offer a boat rental service are prime examples.
* CookingDuel: More like ''eating'' duel.
* CoolBigSis: Yumiko Fuji, Nanako Meino, Saori Shiba.
* CoolOldGuy: Ojii of Rokkaku, Banji of Yamabuki.
* CoolOldLady: You don't get them cooler than Sumire Ryuuzaki.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Yuuji Hitouji, in regards to his partner Koharu Konjiki ("That's adultery!")
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kawamura, again.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Chitose's defeat at Tezuka's hands, after the former was established as one of the very best players in Japan.
** Fuji allows Mizuki a ''5-0 lead'' before wiping the floor with him. Never mess with the people Fuji cares about.
* DatingSim: The series has spawned several of those games with the player in the role of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent a normal schoolgirl]] who gets to interact with the Tennis Boys. Some are official and can count as sort-of spin-offs or Alternate Universes (''Gakuensai no Oujisama'', ''Rush and Dream'', the two ''Doki Doki Survival''), others are fan made (''Orange Heart'', a Hyoutei-only one made in Flash).
* DeadlyUpgrade: Kawamura and the Ishida's Hadoukyuu, the Zero-Shiki Drop Shot, and Yuuta's Twist Spin Shot.
** Ryoma and all the other middle schoolers learning how to rally 5+ at once in ''The New Prince of Tennis''.
** Byodoin's Deadly Upgrade after losing to Oni sent many players around the world into retirement.
** Ryoma's upgrades from NPoT are '''monstrous''. He ends up learning the Shining Shot from his brother, cue a double-page spread with ''fallen trees'' and ''craters'' all over the surrounding area. And then, he's learning how to rally FIFTEEN balls with ease, in addition to mastering inter-dimensional tennis.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Echizen vs. Yukimura in the original series. Everyone vs. the N-17 guys in the new series.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: The Seigaku and Fudomine tennis teams become friends after their match. The Rokkaku tennis team sort of counts as well, except they become friends with Seigaku before ever playing against them. It certainly helps that their vice-captain, Saeki, is Fuji's ForgottenChildhoodFriend.
* DoYouTrustMe: Inverted. At the U-17 camp, during their doubles match against [[spoiler:Kimijima and Tohno]], [[spoiler:Kite betrays Marui]], but later recommits to [[spoiler:playing as Marui's partner for good.]] Naturally, [[spoiler:Marui]] has to ask if he can trust [[spoiler:Kite.]]
* DoubleStandard: Sakuno and Tomoka are vilified by the EstrogenBrigade for being fangirls, but Jirou and Dan's fanboyishness is seen as adorable and sweet.
* DramaticWind: Fuji Shuusuke's third counter, Hakugei. Also, Yanagi's Kamaitachi serve.
* EagleLand:
** Let's count all the stereotypes used in the American arc of the anime!
** Also at the start of ''The New Prince of Tennis'' anime, not one, but two enormous American flags hang in the metro station. Just to make absolutely sure you remember where Echizen is.
* {{Engrish}}: Nanjirou does this at times, saying things along the lines of "Me no Nanjirou," or "Sorry, no speak the English!"
* MrFanservice: Comes with the Fanservice.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: Sakuno, An, Tomoka and the Iijyuin twins use hair jewelry.
* EvilLaugh: The 2011 movie gives us Peter of the Clack Team.
* EvilTeacher: Harumi Saotome from Higa.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Yanagi, Fuji, sometimes Koharu.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Chitose, Ryoma, Fuji.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Ryoma gets kicked out of the N-17 camp for protecting another player. So he gets an offer from Ryoga, his half-brother, to join him in the American N-17 team and face the Japanese team.]]
* FakeBand: In Meta-example. The anime has released several singles, which also served as Openings and Endings of ''"Aozu"'' (Ryoma, Tezuka, Fuji and Oishi) and ''"Cap-to-Bin"'' (Momoshiro, Kaidoh, Eiji, Kawamura and Inui), all performed by the seiyuus singing in character. This is also depicted and played with in the special MV of ''Birthday ~Aruki Hajimeta hi~'' and ''Rock 54!? ~Rock na Hito wo Sagashitemiyou~'', where Tezuka returns and the nine of them form a big BoyBand, where they play up an entire story around it: with Ryuzaki-sensei as their manager, Tomoka and Sakuno as their groupies, the Ichinen Trio as staff members, rehearsals, tours, fangirls, a big concert and ''the prominent rivals joining them playing instruments along with Seigaku''.
** The trend continues to date, with ''several'' singles from the seiyuus singing in character and a lot of ensembles. Some notable examples are "Pull Tab to Can" (Atobe, Sanada, Sengoku, Kamio, Ibu, Kirihara and Oshitari, which can be considered canon in the anime, since they did a number during the Talent show in the Senbatsu Training Camp filler), "Megane" (or "Glasses": Tezuka, Inui and Oshitari), "Ikemen Samurai" (or "[[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Handsome Samurais]]": Ryoma, Tezuka, Atobe, Yukimura, Sanada, Kite and Shiraishi), and so on...
* {{Fanservice}}: Mostly for the ladies, though.
* {{Fangirl}}: Tomoka Osakada and Sakuno Ryuzaki in Seigaku, An Tachibana in Fudomine. Subverted with Kotoha Kitazono from Tsubakikawa: [[spoiler: she ''pretended'' to be a fangirl to spy on Echizen and Atobe, but they weren't fooled and either ignored her, or called her out on it.]]
* {{Filler}}: An interesting case. The anime has quite a bit of filler throughout, but much of it results in [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Moments Of Funny]].
* FlungClothing: Atobe Keigo first snaps his fingers to stop his supporters' cheers, then flings off his uniform's jacket as part of his dramatic first entrance onto the tennis court.
* FunSize: The various chibi episodes.
* GameBreakingInjury: Tezuka, Tachibana and Oishi are victims of this Trope while Kirihara is a proud user. Also, [[spoiler: Chitose, in his backstory. Who gets one of these from ''Tachibana'' and almost loses sight in one of his eyes.]]
** Subverted when [[spoiler: Shuusuke sustains a concussion while playing against Kirihara, causing him to be stricken with temporary blindness. [[DisabilitySuperpower He plays BETTER!]]]]
* GargleBlaster: Inui's juices.
* GenerationXerox: Kaidoh looks a lot like his father, Shibuki. So does his little brother Hazue. HilarityEnsues when the three have breakfast together.
* GenderReveal: [[spoiler: Tezuka]] mistakes [[spoiler: Miyuki]] for a guy at first. Then, she drops her NiceHat...
* GeniusBruiser: Sadaharu Inui, Renji Yanagi, Genichirou Sanada, Choutarou Ohtori, Yuushi Oshitari, Munehiro Kabaji, Tetsu Ishida, Gin Ishida, Senri Chitose, Hiroshi Chinen. All of these guys are excellent tennis players... and over 180 cm tall. In fact, Kabaji is ''193'' cm tall.
* GeniusDitz: Jirou Akutagawa.
* GenkiGirl: An, Tomoka, Kurumi
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Shiraishi's CatchPhrase is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "OOOOH, ECSTASY!"]] Good one, Konomi, how did you get away with it?
** Not to mention Momoshiro in the anime, who sees Nanjirou following Ryoma and Sakuno around and ends up calling him a {{lolicon}}. "He must be following ''her''!"
** Konomi actually created a character named "Urashima ''Shiit''a". Crowned by the fact that his hair has a swirl on top and his favorite food are ice cream flavored of ''chocolate, coffee and chestnut''. [[SarcasmMode Ha ha, Konomi]].
* GirlishPigtails: Tomoka and Miyuki.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** Ryoma's "Mada mada dane" is rendered on his speech bubbles as "You still have lots more to work on...".
** Many characters frequently use English phrases as well. Some have named their [[CallingYourAttacks tennis moves]] in English, e.g., "Moon Volley," "Laser Beam," and "Speed Bullet." Others use them regularly. For instance, Kawamura's [[HotBlooded BUUUUUUURNIIIING, BABYYYY!!!]], and Sengoku's "Lucky."
** Sengoku's GratuitousEnglish use is actually interesting. While he often says [[CatchPhrase "lucky"]], he also uses minor phrases like "thank you". His pronunciation is slightly better than most others in the series, but he still claims that he [[LampshadeHanging is no good at English]].
** During the Invitational Members Arc, and even though the American players are supposed to be "Americans", they speak a very deformed version of English to both their opponents and to their fangirls, paparazzi, and coach, perhaps just to keep their "foreign" status for the viewers.
* HandsomeLech: Kiyosumi Sengoku; his first apparition has him ogling the Seigaku female tennis team, and in the manga, that scares the crap out of them at first. Nanjirou also counted in his younger days, right before he hooked up with Rinko; he's more of a LovableSexManiac now.
* HelloNurse: Hanamura, Yumiko, and [[spoiler: Yuuki]].
* HeroicResolve: In the middle of an informal tennis match that he was losing against a member of the Shishigaku tennis club, Tezuka finally overcomes his shoulder injury when his opponent [[KickTheDog aims a direct shot at his protegé, Miyuki]], who is barely recovering from an HeroicBSOD.
* HeroicSacrifice: Parodied during the yakiniku battle. Poor Shishido.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Oishi and Eiji, Momoshiro and Echizen, Fuji and Tezuka (HoYay ahoy, some say). On the female side, Sakuno and Tomoka, and maybe Sakuno and An.
* HeavySleeper: Jirou. Also Akaya Kirihara, in his very first appearance (he fell asleep on the bus while going to school and woke up near Seigaku). This is notable because Seigaku is in Tokyo, and Kirihara ''doesn't even live in Tokyo''.
* HeroicRROD: Tezuka.
* HippieTeacher: To a degree, Osamu Watanabe from Shitenhouji.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Mizuki, who was defeated in a ''very'' humiliating manner by Fuji after he treated his beloved younger brother Yuuta like an expendable pawn.]]
* HorsebackHeroism: [[spoiler: Fuji's]] BigDamnHeroes moment in the 2011 movie has him leaping over a ''closed drawbridge'' on horseback in order to provide backup to [[spoiler: Kite]]. [[spoiler: Kite]] immediately lampshades the effect of such an entrance.
-->[[spoiler:'''Kite:''']] "That was a sickeningly magnificent arrival, [[spoiler: Fuji]]-kun."
* HotBlooded: Kawamura when in Burning Mode, Momoshiro, Tomoka. Outside of Seigaku: Shishido and Mukahi (Hyoutei), Kirihara (Rikkaidai, mixing it with BloodKnight), Kamio (Fudomine) and Kintarou (Shitenhouji).
* HotForTeacher: Played with in Reiji Shinjou's obsessive loyalty to his coach, Aoi Hanamura. Hanamura herself practically ogles and fangirls her own pupils when she's in ''really high spirits'', both in the Jousei and the Senbatsu arcs, though that's more of a RunningGag than anything.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Atobe berates Tezuka for sacrificing his arm in his latest match against Yamato. Ahem, what was his plan during their first match?
* IAmNotLeftHanded:
** Ryoma sometimes uses his left hand to play, when in fact he can use ''both''. In this case it's I am not ''right''-handed; Ryoma's a lefty who can play with either hand.
** For some reason, it's a common trait for the players to be left-handed. Still, the opposing characters always have the same "{{GASP}}! He's left handed!!" reaction. Almost half of the cast is left handed, while approximately one quarter of the real-life population is, and some of them ''happen'' to be the best players besides Ryoma, such as Tezuka, Shiraishi, Chitose, Niou, Saeki, Zaizen, Fuji Yuuta, Mukahi Gakuto, Kite and Kai. While some have to be ambidextrous to a certain degree, in order to hit their backhand properly.
** Similarly to Ryoma, Kai from Higa Chuu actually has one of these moments; up to a certain point of the game, he uses his ''right hand''. Then he changes not only to his left, but also with a [[ReverseGrip reversed "stabbing" grip]]!
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: Kintarou (who's naive and seems to have problems when reading kanji, as well as having [[CloudCuckooLander a very... *special* imagination]]), parodied/subverted by Hitouji and Konjiki (who ''play up'' the dumb stereotype to their advantage in the courts). HilarityEnsues [[CrowningMomentOfFunny when they try it with Momoshiro and Kaidou]].
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: Seiichi Yukimura is a subversion on this trope. Not just for his gender, but because he gets better [[spoiler: and is revealed to be a KnightTemplar.]]
* InactionSequence: During tennis matches.
* InstantFanclub: Subverted. Tomoka and Sakuno are the only stable members of the "Ryoma-sama Fan Club" and played straight with Atobe's, Wakato's, Oishi's and the Rikkai team's cheerleaders.
* ImageSong: Literally ''hundreds'' of them, that keep being released ever since.
* ImportantHaircut: Shishido, Tachibana. [[spoiler: Atobe, later (although it can be considered subverted in this case, because the haircut doesn't change him and he has a wig made to look ''exactly'' like his old hair in a day or two]], and [[spoiler: Kabaji]].
* ImprobableAge: These kids are ''good'' for a bunch of junior high schoolers, and the second and third years don't really look their age. This is actually a [[LampshadeHanging running joke within the series]].
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Common amongst many characters. Atobe's signature move is to knock the racquet out of other players' hands with the ball and have it return to him for a smash. Tezuka is able to hit a can with the ball, and have both of them ricochet to hit two more separated cans. Fuji can hit net balls with his eyes closed.
* IWasQuiteALooker:
** Ryuuzaki-sensei was damn ''hot'' when young.
** And 12 years ago, Nanjirou was TallDarkAndHandsome ([[TallDarkAndSnarky and snarky]]). Now he's not ''that'' ugly, but he looks like a hobo.
* {{Jerkass}}: Akutsu, though he evolves into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold after the Yamabuki matches.
* JerkJock: The Rikkaidai team skirts the line (though they're also made [[TrueCompanions quite]] [[CharacterDevelopment sympathetic]]), the Higa team crosses it per orders of their EvilTeacher.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Several characters--more specifically Ryoma, Atobe, post Yamabuki matches Akutsu, Shishido, Mukahi, anime!Kirihara, Kevin and Kaidoh (though the latter can be argued to be a male {{Tsundere}}).
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Shitenhouji as a whole and Oshitari Yuushi.
* {{Keet}}: Jirou Akutagawa, Eiji Kikumaru (partially; he's taller, heavier [[CharacterDevelopment and more mature]] than the usual Keet), Taichi Dan, Kintarou Tooyama, Mukahi Gakuto.
* KnightTemplar: The Rikkaidai players, who will stop at practically ''nothing'' to win.
* {{Kuudere}}: Ryoma and Yanagi, in the anime.
** Also Inui, in the {{Dating Sim}}s.
* LampshadeHanging: During a ''The New Prince of Tennis'' chapter, Yamato comments on Tezuka's constant need to sacrifice himself for his team, complete with a montage of all the incidents. It's about time someone actually convinced him of his recklessness.
* LargeAndInCharge: Played with. With the exception of Sanada from Rikkaidai, the captains and/or sub-captains ''rarely'' are the tallest in their teams. In fact, Kevin is both the shortest player ''and'' the captain of the American team.
** Only partially. Akazawa of St. Rudolph is actually the tallest on his team, and still their captain. Though, when that is said, it's Mizuki who is their de facto leader.
** Yamabuki and Fudomine also has questionable heights on their respective captains.
** The main reason for this is probably those large power players every team so conveniently happens to have at least one of.
* LethalChef: Sadaharu Inui. Subverted because it's ''voluntary'' (Inui Juice, anyone?).
** GargleBlaster: All of his juices, specially the Aozu. Which not even ''[[ExtremeOmnivore Fuji]]'' can stomach.
%%* LightningBruiser: Unlike FragileSpeedster Kamio, Kenya Oshitari has the speed ''and'' the stamina.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The series has a main ''large'' cast, when it is put into consideration that each one of the middle school teams has seven regulars and they have non-regulars as well... Hyoutei, to put an example, has over 200 members!!
** "The New Prince of Tennis" has 16 Courts with around 15 members each, then there's an Overseas team that represents the entire U-17 Camp.
* LovableSexManiac: Nanjirou and Sengoku.
* MasterOfDisguise: Hiroshi Yagyuu and Masaharu Niou. More the former than the latter, though (unexpectedly, since Niou is known as a trickster, but it's later revealed to be something Yagyuu does with at least one other character).
** During [[spoiler: Niou's match against Fuji during the Nationals arc, it is shown that his ability to impersonate others far exceeds those of any other copy player in the series, including Yagyuu]]. The OVA "Another Story" also shows that he can impersonate his team members perfectly, and independent of anyone else.
* MindControlEyes:
** Eiji and Oishi appear to have them [[spoiler: when they "synchronize" in the courts.]] It gets parodied when Koharu and Yuuji appear to do it as well... only to end with their [[spoiler:"synchro swimming" joke]].
** ''The New Prince of Tennis'' introduces Tsukimitsu Ochi, nicknamed "The Mental Assassin," who has an ability where he can control his opponents with his eyes. His eyes shake up Atobe so much that he begins to fault uncontrollably.
* MistakenForGay: Hilariously subverted with the Comedy Tennis that is the trademark of Koharu and Yuuji from Shitenhouji.
* MsFanservice: Yes, they exist! Aoi Hanamura is the biggest example, and so is Yumiko Fuji.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Tennis didn't look so awesome in real life.
** Atobe's method of getting to school is by base jumping off a stealth bomber.
* TheMusical: Collectively referred to as "Tenimyu" by fans. The musicals focus on various arcs in the manga, but have differences. Female characters are omitted from the musicals and certain changes have been made to the stories.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: A lot of the characters, what with this being a sports series. Seigaku is often seen training, specially Kaidou, Momo and Kawamura. Fuji secretly develops his fourth and final counter when he realizes his "Triple Counter" won't be strong enough to win at Nationals. Hyoutei's Shishido's initial story arc was all about training to become stronger after being humiliated in a match against Fudomine's Tachibana. Atobe develops ''Koori no Sekai'' after Hyoutei's loss at the regional tournament.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: [[spoiler: Kirihara, during the match against Nagoya Seitoku]].
* NoSenseOfDirection: Sakuno, Kintarou.
* NotAMorningPerson: Ryoma.
* ObfuscatingStupidity:
** Nanjirou, who looks like a perverted, lazy monk with a stubble... until you ask him for a tennis match, where you can see that despite being retired for more than a decade, he's STILL a badass tennis player.
** Mikiya Banda aka Banji from Yamabuki, who under his always smiling face, has a razor-sharp mind and admirable wits which STILL make Ryuzaki and Nanjirou mad after 25 years and have helped him outsmart Akutsu to make him join the team ''without'' getting a punch to the face.
* TheObiWan: Tezuka's grandfather towards his grandson. Tezuka himself towards Echizen because he's always telling him to become Seigaku's pillar of support (particularly dramatic after [[spoiler: his potentially career-ending injury in the match against Atobe, which forced him to temporarily leave his team to get treatment]]. Also, Tezuka towards Miyuki, and possibly the Rikkai Troika (Sanada, Yukimura, Yanagi--specially the latter) towards Kirihara.
* OffModel: The anime suffers a severe case of this ever since it had involved '''three''' animation studios (Creator/TransArts, Creator/ProductionIG and Creator/JCStaff) all animating. These days it's mostly Creator/ProductionIG.
* OpposingSportsTeam: Comes with the territory.
* ParentalAbandonment: Very curious case-by-case examples. See the entry for more info.
* [[PetTheDog Pet The Kitten]]: Karupin, Echizen's cat, serves to humanize Echizen as he's shown to genuinely care for the animal. Kaidou, who's got the InUniverse nickname "The Viper," is the one who finds Karupin when it wanders off and can be seen playing with it.
* PlayingCyrano: Subverted. Momoshiro attempts more or less to have Ryoma notice Sakuno a bit more, but always fails.
* PluckyGirl: Tomoka, An, Miyuki, Narumi.
* PowerOfTrust: ZigZagged in a doubles match in ''The New Prince of Tennis''. [[spoiler:Marui]] is betrayed by [[spoiler:Kite]] during their doubles match against Kimijima and Tohno, turning the match into a 3-on-1 situation. Then, it's revealed that the betrayal is a ruse set up at the suggestion of [[spoiler:Kimijima]] to create an opening for [[spoiler:Kite]] to [[spoiler:[[GameBreakingInjury put Tohno out of commission by attacking]] [[AchillesHeel his right knee]]]] when the chance presents itself. Confused yet?
** [[AllAccordingToPlan The plan goes smoothly]] until [[spoiler:Marui]] [[DespiteThePlan decides]] [[WillNotBeAVictim he isn't going to take the betrayal lying down]] and prevents every ball from reaching [[spoiler:Kite]]. When a ball ''does'' get past him though, it looks like everything's over -- only for [[spoiler:Kite]] to return the ball, hitting [[spoiler:Kimijima]] in the face (instead of his own partner), thus ending their earlier agreement.
* PowerTrio: The Three Demons of Rikkai: Yukimura (Ego), Sanada (Id), Yanagi (Superego).
* PrideBeforeAFall: Shishido, Ryoma in the anime.
* RescueRomance: Parodied at the beginning. Ryoma didn't even ''know'' he was rescuing Sakuno from Sasabe: He's a HeavySleeper who, right then, only wanted his nap back.
** His parents play it straight: Their relationship starts as LoveAtFirstPunch, only developing some more and going into SlapSlapKiss when Nanjirou rescues Rinko from her abusive coach.
** Averted with An and either Momo or Kamio. The guys rescue her from having to date Atobe, but there's no RelationshipUpgrade with any of them.
* RetiredBadass: Nanjirou, despite being younger than the standard. In fact, Nanjirou was only a match away from winning Wimbledon and earning a Grand Slam when he decided to retire to be able to teach Ryoma tennis.
* RuleOfCool: Was always present in PoT, but come New Prince of Tennis, no one knows how to act. Lets see, there's torture techniques, players that rally 10 balls at once, a guy that uses TWO RACKETS, and that's just scratching the surface.
* SayMyName: "Echizen!" "Echizen!!" "Echizen!" "Ryoma-kun!" "Echizen!" "Ochibi!" "ECHIZEEEEN!"
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Inui, Yagyuu, sometimes also Tezuka and Oshitari.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation: The first installment of Tenimyu back in 2003 was the first of a ridiculously popular series of [[TheMusical musical adaptations]] of the manga. Each consecutive musical focuses on the matches against each of the rival teams that Seigaku faces, and is [[AdaptationDistillation surprisingly faithful]] to the original story. To date, Tenimyu has had over a dozen different installments, several ''Dream Lives'' (concerts that are outside the sequence of the story), and has helped launch the careers of a plethora of Japanese pop-culture idols.
* ShesAManInJapan: The SoBadItsGood Latin-American dub flips the gender of Jousei Shounan's Tanaka twins. Yeah, ''both'' of them are [[DudeLooksLikeALady very girly looking]], but...
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Toyed around, inverted, played straight, etc. in a case by case situation with the doubles players.
* SerialEscalation: The special tennis moves become increasingly more improbable as the series progresses.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLYjEOD6AsA Then there's this.]] It's so over the top the creator of the manga laughed his ass off at the scene.
* SeriousBusiness: Who knew the world of Japanese middle-school tennis was so competitive? Taken to even more serious extremes in the sequel, New Prince of Tennis, where the strongest of the strongest players use what is called "Inter-Dimensional Tennis," a surreal, unexplainable style of play which revolves around shots that can literally shatter walls, summoning illusionary creatures such as pirate demons, creating black holes, and using an infinite number of tennis balls. And all this in a series where, at one time, the most dangerous thing to worry about was a kid who can take away your five senses.
* SixthRanger: Chitose for Shitenhouji, Hiyoshi for Hyoutei, Kirihara for Rikkai and Ryoma for Seigaku (although both Kirihara and Ryoma are completely assimilated, with Ryoma obviously being the DesignatedHero).
* {{Shorttank}}: Tomoka and Kurumi in the anime. Rinko was one when she was younger.
* ShoutOut: In ''The New Prince of Tennis,'' [[GeniusSweetTooth Marui]] nicknames [[SmugSnake Kite]] "[[KiteretsuDaihyakka Kiteretsu]]."
* ShrinkingViolet: Sakuno, in the anime.
* ShutUpHannibal: Kite and Rin, on Saotome-sensei.
* SlapSlapKiss: [[{{Tsundere}} Tomoka]] and Horio seem to be a pre-teen, G-rated version of this trope. Before they got married, Rinko and Nanjirou's relationship also was like this.
* SmugSnake: Mizuki, Kite, Saotome-sensei
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Syuichirou, Shuuichirou, Syuitirou... Let's just settle with ''Oishi'', mmmmmkay?
** Don't even get me started on Syusuke. Or would that be spelled Shusuke? Shuusuke? Syuusuke? HMM.
* SternTeacher: Ryuuzaki, Hanamura (when she's not in {{fangirl}} mode), and Sakaki from Hyoutei.
* TheStoic: Tezuka (there's a ''reason'' why the infamous Robo Zuka doujinshi series exists). Sanada ''tries'' to be stoic, but loses his temper far too often to really qualify.
* SuperDeformed: The chibi episodes.
* TagAlongKid: All the First-Year students that are ''not'' Ryoma or Aoi Kentaro.
* TeamDad: Ojii. Tezuka and Sanada counts as much younger versions.
* TeamMom: Again, Oishi. You don't get the "Mother of Seigaku" nickname in ''canon'' for anything, don't you? And he's not the only one: Jackal Kuwahara from Rikkaidai is also TeamMom for his team, having to frequently take care of Kirihara.
** Also, Ryuuzaki-sensei sometimes acted like a surrogate mother for her pupils.
*** The heroine from one of the DatingSim stated that Saeki is more of a TeamDad while the TeamMom title goes for Itsuki.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: Tezuka and Echizen have those in their house.
* TokenTrio: In New Prince of Tennis, we get the ''new'' [[TagAlongKid Ichinen Trio]], composed of Horio (Seigaku), Dan (Yamabuki) and Urayama (Rikkaidai), the last two replacing [[ThoseTwoGuys Kachiro and Katsuo]].
* TournamentArc: Nationals, pre-Nationals.
* TrainingFromHell: Parodied with the methods devised by Ryuuzaki-sensei and Inui; the training itself is normal, but if one or more of the players fail to accomplish it, they're forced to drink [[GargleBlaster revulsive concoctions prepared by Inui]] as punishment. These "juices" are so infamous that the whole Seigaku team (except for Fuji, but then again [[ExtremeOmnivore he's got *interesting* tastes]]) is ''terrified'' of failure because of them.
* TroubledButCute: Echizen and Kirihara.
** Kevin Smith in the Anime fillers.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tomoka "Tomo-chan" Osakada. Gushy and fangirly towards Ryoma, sweet and protective towards Sakuno, spunky and straightforward towards everyone else, and SlapSlapKiss-y towards Horio.
* ThreePlusTwo, TwoGirlsToATeam: The Seigaku First-Year {{Tagalong Kid}}s, consisting of [[ThreeAmigos Horio, Kachiro and Katsuo]] and [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Tomoka and Sakuno]].
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: An, Momo and Kamio.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Kirihara and to some degree Kevin.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: In canon, Akira Kamio in regards to his crush on An Tachibana. In yaoi fanfics, either Yanagi or Saeki.
* UnstoppableRage: Kirihara (more exactly, his Devil Mode) and formerly Tachibana. Subverted in the latter's case since Tachibana doesn't use violence anymore [[spoiler: after he almost caused Chitose to lose an eye.]]
* VictoryByEndurance: The bout between Kaoru vs. Ryoma. Kaoru's tennis style is to force his opponent to run from one side of the court to the other, making them too tired to return his volleys. Ryoma turns this around on him by forcing him to keep his knees bent during the whole game, using up twice as much endurance, instead.
** Kaidou himself often wins matches by outlasting his opponents, specially when playing doubles with Inui; he often plays the opponent pair on his own, while Inui collects data on them. One notable example of this strategy achieving victory was against Hyoutei's Mukahi & Hiyoshi team in the Nationals.
** A favorite tactic of Atobe. His match with Tezuka ends up in a 37-35 point tiebreak (tiebreaks usually are to 7 points), and his match with Ryoma later in the series goes to 117-119. This tactic gets reversed on him by Irie in Shin Prince of Tennis, [[UptoEleven where their tiebreak goes to 187-187]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Mizuki]] has a ''spectacular'' one in the Saint Rudolph arc.
* WaxOnWaxOff: In ''The New Prince of Tennis'', Mifune sends [[BigThinShortTrio Tanishi, Kenya, and Ryoma]] on a "special mission" to get more sake for him, which seems completely irrelevant to tennis. Kenya later reflects that navigating the cave and maneuvering through the laser tripwires during the errand actually helped improve his terrible balance.
-->'''Momoshiro:''' So you're telling me that by [[LampshadeHanging sleeping in caves and being chased by eagles, we got better at playing tennis?]]
* WeMeetAgain: When Seigaku run into Higa Chuu in Osaka, as the latter are stuck there because they have no money to get back home.
* WildcardExcuse: Ryoma's excuse for being late: "I was helping a pregnant woman to the hospital." Later in the story Oishi makes the same excuse, [[HarsherInHindsight but he was actually telling the truth.]]
* TheWorfEffect: There are at least a few characters that designated for defeats.
** The Golden Pair is touted as one of the best doubles pairs in the series, but has had some critical losses against more determined opponents.
** The Fudomine team starts out as one of Seigaku's first formidable rivals in series (and an underdog to boot), but loses to Rikkaidai and Shitenhouji when things get rolling.
* WouldntHitAGirl: See what happens when either Sakuno, Miyuki, or An are threatened by bullies.
** Downplayed by Ryoma in the anime, when he ''almost'' hits a Libby from Jousei Shonan and her GirlPosse with tennis balls for [[KickTheDog throwing Sakuno to the ground and threatening Tomoka when she stood up for her]].
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